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10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year

Calcium is a nutrient that helps build strong bones and teeth and also important in lot of human body functions. It plays a vital role in keeping nerves and muscles working and heart healthy. For growing babies, calcium is very crucial in building bone mass and safeguard against any related chronic diseases. 

Calcium requirement in each baby differs. For premature babies, it is mostly supplemented under pediatrics guidance. Studies show that bio-availability of calcium in breastmilk is higher than that in formula milk. Hence if your baby is formula fed its advised to choose fortified formula only. 

Role of Vitamin D

Without Vitamin D the body cannot absorb calcium. An easy way of making it available for babies is by exposing them to sunlight, as sun’s ultra violent rays produces vitamin D. 

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year

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10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

1. Dairy Products

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

Yogurt, Paneer, Cheese and Ghee are a great source of calcium. We can start yogurt and ghee for babies as early as 6 months. Paneer and cheese can be given after completion of 8 months. 

2. Almonds

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

Almonds are the best and safe nuts for babies. These brain boosting almonds help in weight gain and increasing immunity as well.


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3. Sweet Potato

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

The natural sweetness and flavor of sweet potato is well appreciated by babies. Along with calcium these are also rich in Vitamin A, C and Folate.

4. Pulses & Lentils

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

These are high in protein and calcium and best plant based sources. Most of all lentils can be given to babies as early as 6 months, moong and masoor being the easily digestible.

5. Amaranth

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

Amaranth Seeds are rich in protein and calcium too. Babies can have amaranth as early as 8 months. 

6. Ragi

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

One of the best millet and most famous among baby food is Ragi. Sprouted Ragi contains 20% higher calcium. It also is high in Iron and best suits for babies of all age.

7. Spinach

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

1 cup of Spinach provides 220 mg of Calcium. However the body cannot absorb it completely due to the oxalic acid present in it. Even then it makes for a high amount of calcium compared to other sources.

8. Figs

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

Figs can be given to babies as early as 6 months. Both dry and fresh figs are easily available in India. 1 fig contains approximately 15 mg of calcium.

9. Tofu

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

Tofu makes the best non-diary source of calcium made using soy milk, and in look and texture very similar to paneer. 100 gms of tofu contains 350 mg of calcium. All paneer recipes can be made using tofu by just replacing paneer.

10. Millets

10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year kannada hindi shishu

Millets are the non-glutinous source of calcium. These are often suggested for patients suffering from osteoporosis. These are easily digestible and can be given to babies as early as 6 months. 

Reference : AAP Journal http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/104/5/1152.full

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10 Calcium Rich Foods & Recipes for Babies below 1 year

Calcium rich foods for babies and recipes for babies is very crucial in building bone mass and safeguard against any related chronic diseases.

Author:Kavitha Prashanth
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