Food in children is all a concern, especially when they start eating or trying everything. But in that “everything” is it convenient for them to eat spicy? We’re not talking about giving them a chili pepper to taste it, but take the dishes as seasoned as adults eat.
Let us consider the gastronomic culture in which we feel immersed, the season of the year and the products of the area. What we recommend is that if spicy is a regular part of your home’s food, and the area where you live, then naturally the child will get used to it. But if that’s not the case, he won’t even miss him.
Foods we can consider spicy
Boys and girls, like older people love tasty and intense flavored food. In fact, you’ll notice that there are nuts, and snacks that are seasoned with these spicy flavors, and are probably your kids’ favorites. Remember to adapt recipes, for example, with Mexican food. If you are going to cook some jalapenos stuffed with Cheddar cheese, then it is better to completely remove the seeds and white veins contained in this vegetable.
One of the foods we consider spicy is garlic, so traditional in our stews and dressings. This has antiseptic properties, which at the same time avoid food poisoning. Other salts that we use in our kitchen and that can be considered spicy are onions, radishes, cinnamon, cayenne, or chili, white pepper, black pepper and paprika. And to a lesser extent, turmeric, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, cardamom…
If your child tolerates these flavors well, and does not cause reflux or stomach pain, nothing happens. The spicy itself has quite a lot of benefits for the body. Also for the child’s organism.
When can they start eating it?
Some pediatricians talk about introducing foods with strong and spicy flavors from the year. But this can provoke certain allergies. However, as we said at the beginning, everything will depend on the gastronomic culture in which you unwrap yourself. It is common for children to start eating spicy flavors from the age of three.
Once you start introducing spicy or very strong flavored foods to your children , follow them. It may be that these foods cause irritation in the child’s gastric or intestinal mucosa, or heaviness. In this case children should stop taking spicy.
Remember that during breastfeeding, if you overeat spicy foods, these will pass into your milk. What can develop intolerances to spicy on the part of the baby.
Pros and cons of spicy food
In general spicy foods serve to fight colds, cleanse the lungs of mucus, helps to improve the digestive system. In addition they remove gases from the intestine and intestinal parasites. So in principle nothing seems to be against your boy or girl taking spicy.
If your boy or girl has urinary problems, or any such infection, it is not convenient to give him spicy at this time, because he will scotch him more when you pee. One tip, never let your children eat spicy food with their hands. The typical gesture of dipping the nachos in jalapeno sauce. It is common that they then rub their face or eyes and this causes a major discomfort.
And taking Mexican food as an example, so seemingly easy to prepare for children and that is usually always a success. In any case, and as a summary we recommend that you do not completely eliminate spicy from your children’s diet , but use it in moderation. There are many recipes that will adapt to your children’s tolerance to spicy, and I’m sure they will ask you more spicy.