Why You Should Add Ragi To Your Baby’s Diet

Benefits of ragi

A baby’s nutrition is one of the biggest worries for a mother. After the initial months, where breast milk is the only food given to the baby, it is time to introduce him/her to new foods. However, it is important that you choose the right food item that is not only nutritious but also easy to make. Ragi, also known as nachni in some parts of India, is one such cereal that is apt to be given as one of the first outside foods to your baby.  

 

Ragi: nutritional benefits

Calcium content: During the early years of vigorous growth and developemnt, it is important that the baby has strong bones. Thus, giving adequate amount of vitamin D and calcium is important. Ragi is a very rich source of calcium. It helps in bone development and keeps bone problems like osteoporosis later in life at bay.

 

Fibre content: Babies need to be fed multiple times in a day. Thus, you need food that digests easily. Ragi contains high amount of dietary fibre which helps in easy digestion. It also keeps the baby fuller for longer. Ragi is also known to reduce the risk of diabetes in kids.

 

Amino acid content: Ragi contains amino acids like methionine and lecithin that help in reducing cholesterol levels in the child, thus preventing obesity. It also helps to eliminate excess fat from the liver. The amino acid threonine found in ragi prevents the formation of fat in the liver and helps in reducing blood cholesterol.

 

Iron content: This cereal is a great source of natural iron. Thus, it is very helpful in kids suffering from anaemia. Sprouted ragi also contains high levels of vitamin C, which help in the better absorption of iron in the body.     

 

Antioxidant content: Babies can get anxious or fussy. If your baby feels the same, giving ragi can be a good option. Ragi benefits also include its rich antioxidant content. This can help lift the baby’s mood and ease him/her when anxious.

 

Protein content: Parents are often worried about their kids not gaining weight as the baby’s weight is an important indicator of developmental milestone. This high protein content helps in muscle formation. Thus, benefits of ragi can be seen for weight gain in children.  

 

Including ragi in your baby’s diet

Ragi is very easy to cook and is a must have item in your kitchen. There are several ways in which you can pass ragi health benefits to your child. Ragi can be given in the form of whole grain rotis, sprouts, and also in a powered form. For young babies powered ragi is easy to use.

 

Preparing ragi porridge

 

 

You can introduce ragi to your baby in the form of porridge. Sauté two teaspoons of ragi powder with one spoon of ghee in a cooking pan. To this add one cup of water and half a cup of milk. Stir the mixture well to ensure that no lumps are formed. To this add a little jaggery for taste. As seen above, benefits of ragi for babies are plenty and it should be included in your baby’s diet on a regular basis.

 

Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.

Also read: Weaning In the Initial Months

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Yogini Kandre

This is just in time

aradhana sharma

This is super food for sure..

Sofia Selva

Is it safe to give Ragi in winter...; Heard that it leads to chest congestion if given in winter.. Is it true,??

Sucheta Yedve

This is exactly what I was looking for.

Amrinder Kaur

Along with this healthy ingredient Ragi, we must give kids a health supplement that's Active kids Immuno boosters by Cipla. It It

Amrinder Kaur

Amrinder Kaur

Along with this healthy ingredient Ragi, we must give kids a health supplement that's Active kids Immuno boosters by Cipla. Its strength their immunity, improve their digestion and make them happy and healthy.

parul singh

This is just in time

Soumyashree

This is just in time

gousia

I wish I knew this before

Priti Raghuvanshi

This is just what I was needed to know

Vipra Naik

Sofia Selva you can give ragi as a breakfast or lunch do not feed it in evening as it is cold in nature.

Rita Nikhil

On which month we can start ragi? My baby is 1& half month old.

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