Oat porridge in a child's diet

Oat porridge in a child's diet

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Nutritious porridge is a great idea for a toddler's breakfast. We can prepare it as an oat porridge or opt for oatmeal. The great advantage of oat grains is good tolerance by people with gluten intolerance and even celiac disease. In addition, unlike other cereals, oats are rarely processed, on store shelves they can be obtained in the basic version, rich in all valuable nutrients, safe to use even for the youngest.

Oats in the child's diet

Oats are excellent source of fiber, protein (thiamine, riboflavin), vitamins B1, B6. It is worth including it in your diet because of its high content iron, magnesium, selenium, calcium and phosphorus.

In addition, according to many sources, regular consumption of oats:

  • reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes,
  • reduces asthma symptoms
  • reduces the risk of cancer,
  • lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease,
  • strengthens the immune system.

When to introduce porridge?

Oatmeal is considered a safe ingredient in the child's diet. Extremely rarely causes allergies. This does not mean that it cannot cause a negative reaction, but only that the risk is low, so it is recommended for children as young as seven months old.

Due to the high fiber content, porridge perfectly regulates digestion and has a positive effect on defecation.

You can give oatmeal to your toddler. You can also crush oats in a mixer or blender.

How to store oats?

Oats go rancid quickly. It is recommended to store it in airtight containers. It's best to buy a small amount of oat products at one time.

Oats and gluten

Oats contain small amounts of glutenin and gliadin, which form gluten. However, there is a risk of gluten contamination due to growing oats with other cereals. However, pure oat products are sold (for example in Scandinavia) as products recommended in a gluten-free diet. Despite this, it is worth consulting a specialist before we start introducing gluten into the diet of a child with a family burden of celiac disease.


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