Is semolina porridge useful for a child

In our section «Ask an expert a question», reader Diana asks:

«Grandma constantly feeds her granddaughter semolina porridge. And I’ve heard that it’s not particularly useful. On the other hand, in kindergartens they feed semolina. So maybe there is a benefit after all?»

Which of us didn’t eat semolina as a child? Unfortunately, the lumps that occur during cooking are not the only negative feature of this cereal. Semolina has been considered suitable for baby food for quite a long time because of its fast digestibility.

This is the smallest grinding of wheat, the main components of which are starch. Plus, after processing, semolina does not contain fiber, useful minerals and substances, and is a fast carbohydrate, of which there are more than enough in the diet of not only an adult, but also a child.

And what other cereals should not be given to a child?
Oatmeal porridge
It should be remembered that there is a big difference between synthetic oats and natural, whole-grain oats. Oat flakes, which many prefer as breakfast, are far from being a useful product, without carrying any useful properties.

The fact is that in the process of processing, steaming and drying, oats lose all valuable qualities. The best option for oatmeal porridge will be sprouting oats and further cooking it by mixing in a blender with various fruits or berries.

Rice porridge
White rice is brown or gray rice peeled from the shell. In the grinding process, synthetic sugar is used to give a white color. In addition, like any polished grain, white rice is deprived of its original valuable qualities.

It is important to build the right diet for your child. And carefully choose only healthy and whole-grain, unprocessed cereals.

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