The staple food of Indonesian people is rice, especially white rice. But why is the food for babies usually nasu red porridge instead of white rice? Indeed, what's so special about brown rice for babies? Curious? Check this out.
Comparison of red rice with white rice
Brown rice is different from white rice. Brown rice only exfoliates the outermost skin layer and does not undergo a long grinding process such as white rice. If all the skin layers of red rice are peeled and processed further, white rice will be obtained. This makes white rice contain fewer vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and also fiber than brown rice. Because all of these nutrients are mostly in the skin of rice.
So, it's no wonder that brown rice has long been one of the recommended foods for babies, especially babies who are in transition to solid food. Brown rice is made into porridge so it is easily eaten by babies.
What are the benefits of brown rice for babies?
Reported from the Verywell page, there are lots of nutrients contained in brown rice. Some of these nutrients, namely protein, fat, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. A number of these nutrients are certainly needed by babies to support their growth and development.
Not only that, brown rice also contains high enough fiber, which is 3.5 grams of fiber in 100 grams of brown rice. This can help meet the needs of the baby's fiber, so it also helps smooth the baby's digestive system. The sugar contained in brown rice is also relatively small, which is only 0.85 grams per 100 grams of brown rice. So, it is safe for baby's blood sugar levels.
In addition to the nutritional content of brown rice which is beneficial for baby's growth and development, the advantage of brown rice for other babies is that it is easily digested and does not cause energy reactions. This makes brown rice very suitable to be given to babies, given the digestive system of infants who are still weak and immature.
How to make red rice porridge for babies at home
Making your own baby food is certainly healthier. You can monitor what nutrients enter the baby's body. In addition, making your own food at home is also more clean. Most importantly, there are no preservatives or other chemicals added to baby food, if you make it yourself.
To make red rice porridge, the method is very easy. First, you have to grind the brown rice first to become finer grains. You can grind it with a blender or mash it traditionally. Next, mix ¼ cup of brown rice powder with 1 cup of boiling water. Cook while continuing to stir for about 10 minutes. Finish and you can serve it for babies.
You can also add vegetables and protein sources to red rice porridge. For example, steamed broccoli, mashed steamed carrots, mashed boiled meat. That way, the nutritional content of the food you serve for babies becomes more complete.
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