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How to Feed Your Baby Nuts & Why It's Healthy

Recent science suggests that contrary to the previous generation's beliefs about nuts and allergies, it is actually far better to feed nuts to your baby early rather than later.

In the past, it was thought that you should wait until your child was past two years old before they started eating nuts. However, recent studies show that the longer you wait to introduce nuts to their diet, the more likely they will develop allergies to nuts.

Studies also show that babies benefit from the high protein and healthy fats in nuts. And it helps fill their bellies with good, nutritional macronutrients (rather than all the empty calories in rice and cereal).

One thing to note is that peanuts and cashews are not really nuts. They are legumes. It is far better to introduce your babies to almonds and walnuts, as they are healthier and provoke far less allergies.

So what's the easiest way to introduce nuts into your baby's diet? Here's our number one tip for how to get your baby to eat nuts:

Almost all babies like apple sauce. So as soon as you start your baby on apple sauce, simply mix in some almond flour (or walnut flour). Buying pre-ground almond flour or walnut flour is easier than ever as more and more grocery stores carry it, however, if your grocery store does not, there's an easy solution. Just put whole almonds or walnuts into a food processor and grind them up yourself. Make sure to grind it up until it is a very fine substance without chunks.

So that's it. If you want to feed your baby nuts ( and you should! ) then start off by mixing almond flour with apple sauce.

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