Thursday, April 12, 2018

About baby cereals

Baby cereal is one of the first foods babies are introduced to. One of the most common among them is rice.

What makes rice cereal so special? Nothing, for the babies. However, rice is easier than other grains for manufacturers to turn into cereals. This is the only thing that makes it special.

What is the nutritional value of rice? Well, it is reach in two "nutrients": starch and arsenic. The amount of protein in rice in comparison to other grains is negligible. The nutritional value of starch is well known: it is the most common source of empty calories, meaning that your baby can't grow well when fed predominantly rice cereal.

What about arsenic? This problem is much more significant than low protein content. Due to the way rice is grown, arsenic accumulates in rice at several times higher concentrations than in other foods. Arsenic is a known carcinogen, and adversely affects memory, intelligence, the heart, reproductive system, and skin.

One of the best substitutes for rice in gluten sensitive people is buckwheat. Buckwheat, which has no gluten, is loaded with protein and minerals. Regardless of your baby's gluten status, try to select grains of other colors than white, such as buckwheat, barley, oats and quinoa. The higher minerals content in these grains are responsible for their colors.

The bottom line: keep rice cereal away from your baby and limit or completely eliminate your personal rice consumption. If you suspect you have gluten intolerance, see a doctor and get tested before becoming a fad diet victim and committing yourself to a seriously problematic life long dietary restriction