Can my baby eat Chili & chili powder

From +10 months

Is chili healthy for children?

Contrary to what many believe, babies can start eating spicy foods as of 6 months old. Of course, start small, and work your way up. We don't want to overpower other flavors, but if spicy food is something you enjoy, don't hesitate to add a bit of spice to your baby's food as well. There are different types of chilis, ranging from mild to very hot. Many chilis are very rich in vitamin C and are also good sources of vitamins A, B6 and K1. They are also a good source of potassium and copper. However, take into account that your baby will only consume very small amounts so the intake of these nutrients will also be lower. Chilis you want to start with are banana pepper, peperoncini or poblano peppers. Work your way up to ancho chili, which is basically ripened and dried poblano pepper. You want to wait with serving jalapeño or its dried version chipotle and serrano peppers until your child is at least 1 year old. Very hot peppers, such as bird's eye, cayenne or habanero should be avoided until your child is really used to spicy flavors.

How to serve chili

You can add fresh or dried chili to your meals. You can also add chili powder. As mentioned earlier, start with small amounts of mild chili and work your way up.

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