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Broccoli and cauliflower are basic vegetables in children's nutrition, and it is that they contain many interesting nutrients for the little ones. Like the vast majority of fruits and vegetables, except for pediatric indications, they can be introduced into the baby's diet from 6 months, with the beginning of complementary feeding.
Their nitrate content is very low, unlike other plant products such as spinach or chard, so they are ideal for children. Excessive exposure to nitrites, ingested directly or derived from nitrates, can transform hemoglobin in the blood into methemoglobin, a form of hemoglobin that does not carry oxygen, triggering methemoglobinemia or blue baby syndrome, especially in babies, a terribly disease serious.
If the food is chosen through purees, they are very easy to introduce into them, since their flavor is relatively mild.
If a feeding directed by the baby is chosen, they are more interesting if possible, since, due to their shape, they are very easy to handle by their still inexperienced hands. By removing the toughest parts of the stem, the small florets, both broccoli and cauliflower, can be easily picked without mastering fine motor skills.
Cooking broccoli and cauliflower gives off a rather unpleasant smell due to its content of sulfur compounds - they give off sulfur when cooked - although this is not inconvenient for consumption in childhood. Steamed, they maintain all their micronutrients, which are many, and that, when cooked in another way, they are lost in cooking water. Let's see what its main advantages are:
- Both broccoli and cauliflower are characterized by their high water and dietary fiber content and for its absence of cholesterol.
- They barely provide fats, and their protein and hydrate content (mostly complex) are minimal, so their caloric intake is low.
- They are good sources of folic acid, a vitamin of great importance in childhood, as it participates in the production and maturation of red blood cells, important for preventing anemia, and white blood cells or leukocytes, responsible for fighting infections.
Cauliflower is preferably found between the months of September and January, although today, with advances in cultivation issues, we can have them throughout the year. This cruciferous plant, of which only the inflorescence is consumed, provides a considerable amount of B vitamins, in addition to vitamin C and minerals, such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
Broccoli also belongs to the brassicaceae or cruciferous family, and is characterized by being harvested during spring and summer, although we can find them in supermarkets practically all year round. Broccoli or broccoli is high in vitamin C, vitamins B1 and B2, vitamin A, vitamin E, in addition to calcium, phosphorus, iron and iodine.
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