Mango’s are a super-nutritious tropical fruit, and may be introduced into baby’s diet at around 10 months of age.
However, as they belong to the cashew/pistachio group of plants, if there is any family history of allergy to these, or any nuts, you should consider introducing mango’s very carefully – and certainly discuss it with baby’s doctor or paediatrician. Some skin rashes are also associated with mango, and there is a rare allergy related to contact with mango skin.
Mango’s are good for baby (and you):
Some of the highest levels of carotenoids in any fruit are found in mango’s. Carotenoids protect against heart disease and some cancers – and the common cold. Mango pulp is extremely rich in vitamin A, and contains lots of vitamins B and C, together with iron, potassium and protein.
Mangos are low-fat, low-calorie, high-fibre wonder fruit.
Hints on buying and storing:
- Buying organic is a personal choice – mango is not on the ‘dirty dozen’ list, so not highly contaminated with pesticides.
- Press fruit gently – it should be slightly soft (unripe mango will ripen in a warm room).
- Colour may be green, red/orange, or golden yellow, depending on variety.
- Skin should have no spotting or bruising.
- A ripe mango has a distinct ‘warm’ fragrance.
Tips on cooking:
- No need to cook.
- Wash, peel, and slice flesh away from the stone to dice or mash.
Ideas for ways of including mango in your baby’s meals:
- Mix with mashed or chopped avocado, banana, peach, melon, or blueberries.
- Add to sweet potato.
- Combine with chicken or pork dishes.
- Mash or dice finely and mix into yogurt.
Please remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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