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Dr. Mercola: White Rice Cereal Is NOT a Healthy Baby Food March 1, 2011

Filed under: Nutrition — PachaMamas @ 10:10 pm

by Dr. Mercola

The choice of solid food for your baby is very important. Contrary to what childcare books say, feeding white rice cereal to your baby is ill-advised. USA Today says that white rice cereal is a heavily-processed “nutritional disaster” since it’s devoid of vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients.
If your baby’s diet is high in grains, he or she will grow up craving processed carbs like white bread, cookies, and cakes. This contributes to childhood obesity, Dr. Joseph Mercola warns.

Dr. Mercola strongly believes that grain-based infant cereals should NOT be a part of your baby’s diet. When flour is refined to make cereal, the grain’s most nutritious part is removed. The flour essentially becomes sugar.

As white rice or flour turns into sugar in the body, it raises blood sugar and insulin levels. Worse, babies who consume highly-processed white rice or flour may become accustomed to this unhealthy diet in their older years.

The Dangers of White Rice Cereal

Stanford University pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene warns that rice is the number one source of calories during the first year of life. Babies who ate white rice cereal diets developed an increased risk of type 1 diabetes. White rice increases your baby’s insulin levels, promoting weight gain while weakening the body’s ability to lose fat.

Excess weight and obesity causes heart problems and a wide variety of other diseases later in life. High insulin levels also suppress growth hormones that promote muscle development and glucagons that burn fat and sugar.

Dr. Mercola recommends breastfeeding your baby exclusively — meaning no solid food or water — during his or her first six months. At six to nine months, supplement with solid foods while continuing to breastfeed.

Healthy Solid Foods for Your Baby

According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, egg yolk is a good first solid food for babies. You can start when your baby turns four months old. Egg yolk from free-range hens contains special long-chain fatty acids that are critical for your child’s optimal brain and nervous system development. Egg whites can cause allergies, so avoid giving them to babies less than a year old.

Dr. Mercola recommends freshly pureed organic vegetables as baby food. Sweet potato, cooked peas or carrots, and mashed avocado are nutrient-rich and soft enough for babies. As your child’s teeth begin to come out and the GI tract epithelium begins to mature, you can add:

• Cooked and finely chopped or pureed greens, like kale, collards, chard, and spinach
• Mashed asparagus
• Squashes like acorn, butternut, and other winter squashes
• Raw nut butter
• Seaweeds that become soft when wet, like nori or wakame
• Eggs
• Raw milk cheese or yogurt
• Organic and pasture-raised or grass-fed meat

Aside from white rice cereal, Dr. Mercola also warns against store-bought baby foods because they contain unhealthy ingredients like excessive sugar, trans fats, and processed salt. Toxic contaminants like bisphenol A (BPA) can also pollute baby foods in plastic containers.

For Dr. Mercola, homemade baby food is still the best. It’s a little time-consuming, but you’re sure that you’re giving your baby a healthy diet.


Yummy QUINOA Pancakes November 21, 2010

Filed under: Nutrition — PachaMamas @ 11:30 am

This Sunday morning I wanted to make some special yummy breakfast, and gave it a try to quinoa pancakes…

I used to love normal pancakes… not anymore… after having a wheat free diet for almost a year, things like white flour pancakes are out of the question. Another reason is my one year old daughter, Holly, I cant start her on white wheat, would be so unfair!!…

To make the batter: Mix a cup of  quinoa grains soaked in water overnight (to make an instant batter, I used quinoa flour instead) then mix it with 1/2 a cup of milk , coconut water or water, and a pinch of salt. Fry it  in a pan with some coconut oil or ghee.

You can have anything with them, we had organic raw seed butter and organic jams… We loved them!!… they just tasted great and felt so nutritious..

Quinoa and Ayurveda

Quinoa is actually a seed, but commonly classified as a grain. It has a light, delicate flavor. The grain is flat and oval with pointed ends. Varieties range from yellow to red, brown and black.

Quinoa is excellent for balancing Vata and in moderate quantities for balancing Kapha. Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra, considers quinoa one of the foremost sources of nutrition in a modern vegetarian ayurvedic diet. From the perspective of modern nutrition, quinoa contains more protein and more iron compared to other grains and is rich in potassium and riboflavin. It also contains other B vitamins–B6, niacin, and thiamin, is a good source of magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and has some folate (folic acid).

Quinoa combines well with vegetables, paneer (fresh cheese), lentils, nuts and ayurvedic spices.

Quinoa is available at health food stores and some supermarkets. Store the quinoa in a clean, tightly-sealed container in a cool, dry, dark place. Wash well by rinsing multiple times until the water runs clear before cooking.


Nausea, Heartburn, Indigestion or Restlessnes in Pregnancy I November 18, 2010

Filed under: Nutrition,Pregnancy,Uncategorized — PachaMamas @ 2:45 pm

Pomegranate seeds increase digestive fire, they subdue excess Bile (Pitta) and Mucus  (Kappa).

Available in Indian groceries, dried pomegrate seeds are a good remedy for pregnant women who experience nausea, heartburn, indigestion, or restlesness in the heart region.

Soak about 3 1/2 ounces of pomegranate seeds in water for 2 hours and then rub them to release the pulp into the water. Strain and then drink the water slowly; within 5 minutes the disconfort will dissapear. This remedy is best repited three or four times.


Yummy Sweet Potatoes for Baby February 19, 2010

Filed under: Nutrition,Weaning — PachaMamas @ 3:10 am
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The nutritional value of yams/sweet potatoes cannot be ignored. They are high in Vitamin A and beta carotene as well as potassium. They also contain a good amount of Vitamin E, calcium and folate.

“The Nutrition Action Health Letter rated 58 vegetables by adding up the percentages of USRDA for six nutrients (Vitamins A and C, folate, iron, copper, and calcium), plus fiber. Sweet Potatoes topped the list with a whopping 582 points; its nearest competitor, a raw carrot came in at 434.”˚

Sweet Potatoes (1 medium baked)

Vitamin A – 24,877 mg
Vitamin C – 28.0 mg
Pantothenic Acid – .74 mg
Niacin – .69 mg
Folate – 26.2 mcg

Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.


Potassium – 273 mg
Phosphorus – 29.5 mg
Magnesium – 13.5 mg
Calcium – 6.2 mg
Sodium – 11.0 mg
Iron – .55 mg
Selenium – .5 mg
Manganese – .6 mg
Zinc – .3 mg

Also contains small amount of copper.

When can I introduce Sweet Potatoes to my baby?

These wonderful vegetables are a great first baby foods,(even for the early solid food starter) for baby as they are packed full of nutrients, highly palatable and due to their fiber content, help digestive tract and bowel health.

How to select and store sweet potatoes for baby food

When selecting yams/sweet potatoes for homemade baby food, make sure to select those that are unbruised and without brown or soft spots.

For proper storage, be sure to keep them in a cool, dark, dry area. Yams/Sweet Potatoes may be kept for up to two weeks. Do NOT refrigerate sweet potatoes.

hint White or Light colored Sweet Potatoes are more dry and not as tasty as the orange colored sweet potatoes.

As with most cooked foods, they may be kept refrigerated for 2 to 3 days after being cooked. Sweet potatoes freeze well.

The best way to cook Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food

Baking sweet potatoes, especially for baby food, brings out their natural sweetness and good flavor while retaining the most nutrients. You may also peel and cube then steam or boil sweet potatoes if you prefer.

A Few Sweet Potato Baby Food Recipes

Sweet Potato (Yam) Baby Food Puree Recipe
(4)6 months +

Baking Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food:

1. Wash and poke holes in sweet potato with fork then wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil – do not peel for baking/microwaving.
2. Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30-60 minutes or until soft

Tip, run them under water and then poke holes with a fork then run under water again then wrap and bake. The water helps cook them – works with baking white potatoes too. –

3. Remove skins by slitting the sweet potato lengthwise when cooled then scoop out the “meat”. Use a liquid from your preferred source to puree or thin the sweet potatoes.

Boiling/Steaming Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food:

1. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks
2. Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato
3. “Steam” boil until tender, be sure to check on the water level.
4. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the sweet potatoes if desired.

By Wholesome babyfood