Saturday 27 November 2010


The Unbeatable Banana/Banan/香蕉[xiāng jiāo]

For babies from 4 months, but I prefer to introduce this after vegetables are established.

If there is only one single fruit I would choose to introduce to J, it would be the banana due to its high nutrition value, affordability, versatility and convenience.

1. Mash 1/2 - 1 banana with fork and serve

Tip: This makes an excellent and super-convenient baby food, when you have to go out with baby. Thus, you don't have to rely on processed baby cereal, that still requires water to mix with.

Nutritional Value:
Banana is low in calories, sodium, fat, and contains a health amount fiber; fiber that assists in lowering the level of cholesterol in the body. High levels of potassium and a measurable amount of magnesium are also found within the nutritional content of the banana.

It contains a high level of vitamins and minerals that are found within each one. Vitamins A, a full range of the B vitamins, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, trace amounts of iron and zinc and Folic acid are all found in varying amounts in one banana. It contains complex carbohydrates, a good form of carbohydrates.

Most fruits do not contain significant quantities of vitamin B-6, but bananas are the major exception. There's more than one-third of the recommended daily intake in a single banana.

In addition to preventing and reducing the symptoms of dermatitis, vitamin b-6 is also involved in the synthesis of important enzymes and other molecules that process carbohydrates, transport oxygen to cells, and support healthy nervous system function. B-6 deficiency leads to skin disorders like eczema, as well as seizures and other nervous system malfunction.

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