Parents are highly anticipated first solid foods to infants who usually starts with white rice cereal. But whether the provision of white rice cereal is safe for your child? For 50 years doctors have recommended the child’s first solid food for babies right is white rice cereal. Gluten-free white rice cereal and allergy-free, which is easily digested by most infants.
But Dr. Alan Greene, a pediatrician at Stanford University has studied this and claimed that white rice cereal prone to obesity. Even the white rice cereal is one of the obesity epidemic in children.
“White rice cereals are beneficial to digestion, but cereal is also high in calories and is made from refined white flour. This is the same as your baby is like eating a spoonful of sugar,” Greene said as quoted by ABCNews, Instead, Greene suggests that brown rice or wheat cereal solids are combined with pureed fruits and vegetables is a healthy choice for your baby. Differences in glucose content in white rice and brown rice are very large.
“Obesity is the excess of calories, not about a particular food. Idea to focus attention on brown rice cereal than enriched white rice is not the right strategy,” said Keith Ayoob, a professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Parental behavior also contributed greatly to the health of babies.
Parents who feed the baby to calm the baby when fussy and not when the baby is hungry, more likely to contribute to excess weight rather than choosing to feed cereal white rice or brown rice. American Academy of Pediatrics does not distinguish between white rice cereal or brown rice cereal, but instead recommends that the cereal is good for your baby is iron-fortified