Mango benefits for the baby [+ Recipes]

Mango is a very rich fruit that brings numerous health benefits. There are those who believe that it is too strong or too heavy a fruit to be consumed by babies, but this is a myth .

Babies can indeed eat mango and, because of the sweet taste, it is very well accepted by most children.

That’s why today we’ve brought you important information about why offering mangoes, what myths exist about this fruit and how to give your baby mango safely. Read through to the end and learn all about the benefits of mango for your baby .

What are the benefits of the mango for the baby?

Among the most important benefits of mango, we highlight the following:

1 – Prevents constipation

Mango is a fruit rich in fiber , which helps in intestinal transit and prevents constipation. It is important to include a source of fiber in the baby’s diet as constipation is common during the introduction of food . Inserting the mango and other fruits with a laxative effect helps the baby to evacuate more easily

2 – Anti-inflammatory effect

A survey by the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) revealed that mangoes are among the foods with the greatest anti-inflammatory power . It is the type of food that helps prevent colds and flu if it is part of the family’s eating routine.

3 – Increases immunity

As a fruit rich in vitamin C , it boosts immunity and helps prevent disease. For babies, whose immune system is still developing, this food can be a great ally in the prevention and treatment of viral diseases .

4 – Prevents anemia

Mango contains iron and therefore helps to fight and prevent anemia. Lack of iron in infants and young children is a common problem, but one that should be addressed by parents and pediatricians. A healthy diet, including foods like mangoes, can help to build up iron stores in the body , preventing anemia.

Read also: 6 Benefits of Pear for the Baby

Most common types of mangoes in Brazil

Palmer Mango: It is dark red and the pulp is yellow. It has a high concentration of vitamin C, but little fiber.

Manga Espada: Widely consumed in Brazil, it has a flatter shape and a very sweet taste.

Tommy Atkins: Oval-shaped and with orange peel, its pulp is succulent but its flavor is less intense. It is an inexpensive option with good durability.

Mango Rosa: This is more common in northeastern Brazil, it has a pink skin and a more fibrous pulp. Very tasty and widely used to make juice.

Mango with milk is bad?

No, that’s a myth . The legend that mixing mangoes with milk is bad arose in Colonial Brazil as a way to reduce the consumption of milk by slaves, since the drink was very expensive at the time. 

But mango can be consumed with milk, yes. There are even many shakes and vitamins that mix the fruit with milk and that are very healthy.

Mango Recipes for Babies

It is always recommended that you present and offer the fruit in its natural form to the baby. Give preference to the consumption of fruit in nature . 

However, to help you vary in snacks and desserts , we have separated these healthy recipes that can be consumed in the food introduction.

Mango Juice with Orange

Ingredients:

  • 1 manga;
  • 3 oranges;
  • 1 liter of filtered water;
  • 1 sprig of mint.

How to make:

Peel and cut the mango into small pieces. Then squeeze the oranges and wash the mint leaves. 

Put everything in a blender together with the water and blend. Consume preferably without straining to keep the fruit fibers.

Homemade Mango Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 2 sleeves;
  • 1 natural yogurt.

How to make:

Peel and cut the mango into small pieces and freeze. Then beat the frozen mango with the yogurt in a blender until smooth. Place in a pot with a lid in the freezer.

Smoothie de Manga and Banana

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana;
  • 1/2 medium blue;
  • 1/2 cup of filtered water.

How to make:

Peel and freeze the banana. Then blend everything in a blender until you get a creamy consistency. For babies over 1 year it can be enhanced with honey.

Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.

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