Tofu For Baby
Tofu For Baby – Discover How This Amazing Food Can Benefit Your Baby’s Diet
by Christine Albury
Tofu – that’s just for vegetarians, right?
Tofu is a highly nutritious food that, rather than being
seen as just an alternative to meat, should be included in
your baby’s diet on its own merits!
Tofu is part of the legume family. It is fermented soymilk
curd – the process by which it is made compares to the way
that cheese is made from milk. Tofu is a rich source of
protein, calcium, iron, fibre and fatty acids – key
components for good nutrition.
There are two basic types of tofu – hard/firm tofu, often
used in recipes that needs a consistency which holds
together well – and soft or silken tofu, generally used for
desserts, smoothies, soups and sauces.
Fresh tofu has a sweet aroma when opened – any sour odour
would indicate that it is stale and should not be used for
your baby. It will keep for seven days in the refrigerator
and should be placed in an airtight container of water. It
is, however, essential that the water is changed on a daily
basis. Tofu does not freeze particularly well – upon
defrosting it becomes somewhat spongy in texture and appears
You can introduce this versatile and healthy food to your
baby once he/she is at least 8 months of age. (It is
important, however, to be aware that soy is a potential
allergen. When introducing it to your baby for the very
first time, watch carefully for any signs of an allergic
reaction. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stuffy or runny
nose, watery or red eyes and wheezing. Should you ever
suspect your baby is allergic to a particular type of food,
then contact a medical professional immediately).
It is very easy to incorporate tofu into your baby’s diet
because it has very little taste of its own. Instead, it
absorbs the flavours of any foods it comes into contact
Initially, you could try blending tofu with cottage cheese
or avocado, for a simple, nutritious meal. Soft tofu creamed
with fruit would make a delicious dessert for baby.
Alternatively, tofu can be cut into chunks and served to
your baby raw, as a healthy finger food.
Taking into account tofu’s extensive nutritional properties,
along with its versatility, it would clearly provide a very
worthwhile boost to most babies’ diets.