Just like it’s great for adults, olive oil can be a safe and healthy component of your baby’s diet – after they turn 6 months old.
Olive oil is loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids (some of which are also found naturally in breast milk, including oleic acid and linoleic acid). It’s widely regarded as safe for babies when drizzled onto food and pureed with veggies and fruits.
Extra virgin olive oil is packed with polyphenol antioxidant compounds that promote overall health, reduce inflammation, and combat oxidative stress.
Healthy fats are an essential fuel for babies’ growing brains, and promotes the absorption of other essential vitamins and minerals found in food.
Some pediatricians even recommend adding a little olive oil to babies’ diets as a way to promote weight gain if they’re going through a period of picky eating.
Of course, you should always check with your pediatrician on the recommended quantity first, since excessive amounts can cause diarrhea and discomfort.
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