Wellness Home-made slow food is best for baby

Protein-rich food can be harmful for babies because it imposes a heavy burden on metabolism, according to German child health authorities.

The DGKJ Association for Child Medicine, along with the Slow Food group, notes that food supplements and pre-prepared foods are often protein-rich.

Slow Food recommends cooking at home and avoiding pre-prepared foods where possible. Fruit, vegetable and grains mashes are more than adequate for an infant, they say. There is no need for supplements from the laboratory.

Parents should also train their children to handle a spoon and a bowl themselves at the earliest opportunity. Eating together is important to teach children table manners, including the appropriate amounts to have on their plates.

Slow Food also advises eating slowly so that children learn to experience feeling full so that they do not overeat.

As they are growing up, a general rule is not to raise unpleasant topics at the table, as this can lead to spoiled appetites and resistance to joining family meals.