19 May 2010
Chicken is a growth food as it is packed with protein and vitamin B12, which is not found in plant foods. Chicken also naturally contains fat, which is used for energy and growth. It is very important that children aged six to nine months start to regularly eat foods containing adequate amounts of protein.
Chicken liver provides a good source of vitamins and iron. Babies are born with a store of iron that lasts for about six months so after this time it is important to ensure they get the iron that tbey need from their solids.
Red meat provides the best and most easily absorbed source of iron. Including it with foods like dark green leafy vegetables or wholemeal bread you will improve the absorption of the vegetable sources of iron by three times. A baby's iron reserves inherited from his mother run out around the age of six months, so it is important to include in the diet foods rich in iron. A baby's iron requirements are particularly high between six and twelve months.
Lamb is high in protein, essential for growing, and a good source of iron, zinc and B vitamins. Lamb tends to be more fatty than beef, so trim off any excess fat.Minced beef is an excellent source of iron. A lack of iron will not only make your child feel tired but can also lower resistance to infection. Always choose lean cuts of meat. You may prefer to mince your own meat or ask your butcher to mince some good cuts for you.