Is It OK to Use Herbs and Spices in Baby Food?
Is it okay to use herbs and spices in baby food? Not only is it okay, it’s a great idea. For too many decades in the U.S. we’ve used bland, mild-flavored foods that don’t teach kids the real flavors of real foods. But many cultures around the world have chosen to use spices right from the start – sometimes even the very first bite is a little, tiny bit of spice.
There’s good reasons for this. Real spices and real herbs are often concentrated sources of nutrients, and they teach flavors. Once a baby’s been exposed to a certain spice flavor they like, whether that’s a little ginger or cilantro or mint or basil, then often they will like other foods that are flavored with that same spice. Cinnamon is another great example of that.
So, have at it with spices, but keep in mind that babies do have more taste buds than we do. So, the volume of taste is turned up for them. It tastes a little more intense. I would suggest enjoying spices for baby, but avoid things that are super-spicy or really hot.