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As soon as children grow up and demonstrate the desire to eat “adult” food, parents wish to treat them with the most delicious dishes and products they like. Mushrooms are always included into the list of such products, but, taking into account their specific properties, the majority of conscientious parents hesitate and cannot decide whether it makes sense to feed their kids with dishes that contain mushrooms and what age is the best for this idea. Let’s discuss this issue in details below.
When asked about the most suitable age for feeding kids with mushrooms, doctors mention different age categories, which range from 2 and up to 10 years. Some specialists, however, are completely against of such cooking experiments and do not recommend feeding kids with mushrooms until they grow up. This is because there are many stories told about poisonous mushrooms and the potential consequences associated with them. That is why, doctors often recommend not to give the product to children to be on the safe side.
Even though, mushrooms are rich in proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins, they may still be harmful for kids’ health. This is especially true when it comes to mushrooms that grow in forests. They may contain poisonous substances they make soak from the ground and pose danger both to children and adults. What’s more, even those mushrooms that are not poisonous are very hard to digest, which can be a real problem for a gastrointestinal tract of a kid.
With that said, it can be concluded that little children should not eat mushrooms at all. There are much healthier and, what really matters, safer food products kids will like. You can try cooking a soup or any other dish with mushrooms, when your son or daughter turns 3 years old. The elder a child is, the safer the process of tasting mushrooms will be.
The only exception is the mushrooms you have grown yourself at home. These mushrooms are champignons and shiitake mushrooms. They are the first to be included into the menu of your kid as soon as he/she turns 3 years old. However, there are some rules here as well. Before cooking any dish with mushrooms, make sure your son or daughter is healthy. If they are, take your time to choose the best recipe, which will contain chopped and well-cooked mushrooms. This can be a crème soup, potatoes with mushroom sauce, a beef stew or any other dish, the amount of mushrooms in which will be small. This will help you track the way your kid feels after eating the dish and decide whether his/her gastrointestinal tract is ready for digesting a new product.