In the foods we eat, we find all that is necessary to manufacture cells, muscles, nerves … ( Read here), and all things which bring the energy to make the body run. But there are also smaller agents which contribute to making everything work for the best. Without fiber, vitamins and minerals, the body could not function. Present in all foods, in diverse amounts, it is by varying baby’s diet as much as possible and by offering him a variety of products that his needs will best be met.

 

Where are fibers, minerals and vitamins found?

First of all, the fibers (Read below “Fibers in brief” ) which help, among other things, to facilitate baby’s transit. They are found in cereals, pulses, vegetables and fruits.

 

There are also the minerals, the most known of which are calcium and magnesium. There are plenty of others, which are also used for the proper functioning of the body, bone strength, efficiency of muscles … They are found in different proportions in all foods.

And then there are the vitamins. Again, there are the stars: vitamin C or vitamin D, but all others are important: the family of B, E, K, and the A. They all have different jobs within our body. If A, D, E, K exist only in foods containing fat, others: all B and C vitamins are found in meats and especially in fruits and vegetables. Special mention for vitamin C which gives us strength but is itself a fragile little thing: it’s hard to resist heat, air, conservation, storage … So it is better to eat raw vegetables and fruits (from 1 year for a baby).

 

 

In practice:

No food alone provides all these secret, little agents. It is the addition of tiny contributions which cover baby’s needs. That is why we need to feed him the most varied foods possible. In all cases, as long as he is on 2nd age or follow-on milk, all his vitamin and mineral needs are covered. So no need to stress if he is reluctant to eat fruits, vegetables, or some meat or fish…

 

Fibers in brief

 

Obviously, “fibers”, aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. One imagines with a dental ball of thread in the mouth, or those horrible son green beans or bean dishes sometimes has trouble swallowing. But the wire is not fiber! A fiber is a kind of sugar, we do not feel and bland; we will not digest it, but it will turn, over tract, feature packed and complete before its release in the stool. With regard to the baby, the most important function is the regulation of the intestinal transit. They are found in cereal fiber (even better if they are complete), all products from these grains in pulses, vegetables and fruits. So what is the plant since the animal products or dairy products do not contain it at all.

 

There are two types of fiber:

– Insoluble fiber, found in starchy foods: grains and pulses. These are fibers which will be “digested” by the bacteria of our intestinal tube and which will allow for more volume in the intestine. Volume means better progression of intestinal contents. Besides, if you eat too much, it is not better progression but rather precipitation of the contents to the exit. It is also called diarrhea…

– Soluble fiber, which are fresh vegetables and fruits. They will turn into a kind of gel and allow the intestinal content to be lubricated so that it progresses more easily.

The ideal is of course to eat both types of fiber so that the baby has an easy transit. And what is good for the baby, goes for adults, especially for pregnant women, often with transit problems!

 

In practice:

For the baby, eating starchy foods, vegetables and fruit is part of his basic diet. He will find fibers in these different products. Nevertheless, when we mix the preparations in very smooth mash or stews, we also mix the fibers which no longer ensure their regulatory properties. When the child starts eating chunks however, or raw vegetables and fruits (from 1 year old), he benefits from all the benefits of fibers, including their contribution to baby’s smooth transit.