I love this article from The Healthy Home Economist, The Right Way to Feed Babies. As your child grows, their “firsts” are always exciting- including their first solid foods. Everyone gets advice on what the best firsts are, and many have heard that rice cereal is the first thing everyone puts in their baby’s bottle. It’s a favorite among new parents since it usually leads to their babies sleeping more frequently and for longer periods of time. Unfortunately, this behavior stems from the crash after their sugar spikes and the need for their body to spend more time processing a food that it isn’t ready to properly digest just yet. Babies’ bodies are best equipped to digest fats and some proteins, so foods like cooked egg yolks make a great first taste for little ones.
The benefits from similar foods with high omega 3 fatty acids are documented across a plethora of studies. As Sarah points out in her article above, “children who receive sufficient omega 3 fats in their diet tend to speak clearly and understand verbal direction from the parents at a very early age.” Dietary fat is critical in assisting the absorption of other nutrients from our food, so it makes sense that this would be a large part of the first round of solids for our children. For more information on the science behind this and choosing the right fats to stay healthy, check out this article on a recent study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Egg yolk from pastured chickens contain ample amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and natural cholesterol which are critical to a child’s mental development and may be lacking in breastmilk depending on the quality of the mother’s diet. Children who receive sufficient omega 3 fats in their diet tend to speak clearly and understand verbal direction from the parents at a very early age. – See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/right-way-to-feed-babies/#sthash.wtlOF1S8.dpuf