There are a million reasons for young children and babies to eat salmon, but so many picky children would never touch it. Now, a professor of food science at the University of Illinois claims she has the perfect antidote to picky palates.
Fish is good for developing minds, says Susan Brewer, who has developed a new baby food that mixes older wild salmon along with bone meal and roe that makes it taste "more like salmon and cream cheese dip than just salmon," Brewer told Time.
Salmon is a perfect food in that it's rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which for babies is very important. Their brains are really still forming and omega-3s — particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — are critical. According to Brewer, a baby's brain is 50 percent DHA, but a baby's liver isn't good at synthesizing enough of it.
The real question: will babies eat it?
Salmon has always been one of the few things I've been able to coax my very picky son into eating. Not sure if it's the mild taste or the sugary saute, but either way, he has always been happy to eat it so I imagine he would also be open to this.
For many parents, the sticker shock on this baby food would be enough to stop them from buying it. But any parent of a picky child (myself included) would buy a whole store's worth of the stuff if their child would actually eat it.
Ground fish bone does not sound particularly appetizing to me, but health trumps gross-out factor. Besides, I'm not picky. That is my kids' department.
Would your baby try this stuff?
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