Washington: Your toddler needs lot of fish for brain and nerve development."First, babies need a lot of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish for brain, nerve, and eye development, and when they switch from breast milk or formula to solid food," said dietician Susan Brewer."Second, children`s food preferences are largely developed by the time they`re five, so I urge parents to help their kids develop a taste for seafood early," said Brewer from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural Sciences.
She has experimented with both pink and red salmon, finding that red salmon survives the baby food production process better.And, to boost nutrition, in separate experiments she has added bone meal and pureed salmon roe (eggs) to her entrees.The first ingredient (made by grinding the bones in the salmon into a powder) provides calcium in a form that is readily available for bone building in children.The second provides high-quality protein and contains significant quantities of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, particularly docohexaenoic acid (DHA). "A newborn infant`s brain is 50 percent DHA," she noted. "However, babies and toddlers have immature livers and can`t synthesise enough DHA to ensure an adequate supply to their developing nerve tissues. If small children are going to get DHA, they must ingest it in their food."IANS
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