Baby food sometimes can taste really bland. But what if you add herbs and spices into their food? Is it dangerous? No. Most healthcare professionals agree that between 7-8 months of age, you can start adding herbs and spices such as turmeric, ginger, dill, cumin, nutmeg, garlic, dill, and cinnamon into baby food.
Are there benefits for babies? Yes! And here are the 5 benefits of adding herbs and spices into your baby food:
1. Adds flavour to food
As salt and sugar are limited in baby food, herbs and spices add fantastic flavour into the baby food. You can begin by adding one type of herb or spice into your baby’s puree and then building it up from there by mixing with other flavours.
2. Teaches babies to expect change with food
Offering a plain mashed banana one day and a mashed banana with a dash of cinnamon the next can have a valuable influence on the child’s evolving palate.
3. Trains the baby’s taste buds
Baby can enjoy healthy flavours and help them set the foundation for healthy eating habits.ii In other words, it may help minimise picky eating as they grow.
4. Fresh herbs are packed with vitamins and minerals
These herbs were packed with vitamins and minerals and they also have many benefits, ranging from antioxidant properties to anti-inflammatory properties, immune system improvement and plenty of other benefits too.
5. Helps babies transition to family food
As your baby becomes more familiar with the taste of family food, this means a simpler and more enjoyable mealtime experience. Continuous exposure leads to familiarity which leads to acceptance from your baby.
Get more herbs and spices for your lovely baby. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also rich in nutrients for babies' growth development and improved immune system!
Written by: Ng Kai Wen
BSc.(Hons). Food Science with Nutrition
Reviewed By: Jasmine Lim
Love Earth Organic Nutritionist
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Dietetics (major) & Food Science (minor)
Iowa State University, USA