What’s in Garlic?
Although garlic may not bring good luck, protect against evil, or ward off vampires, it is guaranteed to transform any meal into an aromatic, and healthy culinary experience! Garlic is a member of the Lily family and is a cousin to onions, leeks and chives.
Garlic is an excellent source of
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B1
What does it do for my baby’s body? It is packed full of useful nutrients and is considered healthy. Garlic is known to help fight infection and reduce inflammation. Garlic contains a compound called allicin which gives it its strong odour and contains antibacterial and antiviral properties. Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties are also great for the heart.
Should I give Garlic when my baby has infant reflux? We know that weaning foods often start off as bland, basic foods to get the baby used to new tastes and textures. But what about adding a little bit of flavour to food? Well, at around eight to nine months of age, babies can start tasting foods that have been flavoured with herbs and seasonings, including garlic.
Garlic is considered a low allergy risk and is perfectly safe for your baby to consume. It has so many health benefits, but in order for your baby to receive the benefits of garlic, they should consume fresh garlic instead of powder, salts or paste. If you are going to cook with garlic, it should be chopped. Chopping the garlic helps produce the allicin – if you allow the garlic to rest before cooking with it, you’ll increase the levels of allicin. Don’t over cook garlic, as it reduces its nutritional payload.
If you are early weaning or baby led weaning with reflux, then using garlic may help you to offer variety and intensity in your baby’s food. Often a reflux baby will have a poor relationship with food, because after a while it symbolises a reaction (sickness or pain) for them. Natural flavourings like garlic can offer a different outcome.
Fun fact: If your garlic has sprouted, it is still usable although it has lost some of its flavour and health benefits.
If you have any weaning Garlic recipes, send them in!