Carrots are usually one of the first vegetables to be introduced, as they are easy to digest – and full of important nutrients.

The ‘nitrates in carrots’ discussion is an issue for some parents, though research and statistics show that by the time a baby is about 7 months old stomach acids neutralise any nitrate-producing bacteria. Your baby’s doctor or paediatrician will advise you over any concerns.

Carrots are good for baby (and you):
The natural bright orange colouring of carrots gives a clue about their high beta-carotene content – which the body converts into the vitamin A so essential to good vision and eye health. Carrots are also a rich source of vitamin C – for fighting diseases and the common cold – and contain calcium and other important minerals.

Hints on buying and storing:

  • Buying organic is a matter of choice, though skins may have some chemical residue.
  • Choose small whenever possible.
  • Do not buy carrots with new little leaves sprouting from the top, or with fine roots growing down the sides.
  • Bright green feathery leaves still attached mean the carrot has recently been harvested.
  • Baby carrots are best – naturally sweet and tender.
  • Store in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator to retain crispness and flavour.
  • Use, or freeze, home-cooked carrot straight away, to retain nutrients.

Tips on cooking:

  • Scrub carrots well under running water using a vegetable brush.
  • Always peel to make carrots easier to digest, and to remove any chemical residue.
  • Steaming makes beta carotene more bio-available for the body to use.
  • Use fresh water for pureeing, rather than cooking liquid (to minimise any possible nitrates).
  • A little butter added to cooked carrot aids vitamin A absorption.

Ideas for ways of including carrots in your baby’s meals:

  • Combine pureed carrot with apple or peach purees.
  • Mix with other vegetable purees – sweet or white potato, peas, courgette (zucchini), winter or summer squash, green beans.
  • Add to cooked dried beans, brown rice, or lentils.
  • Use in chicken, pork or beef dishes.
  • Mash with tofu.

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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