OVKO fruit desserts, fruit and vegetable combinations and vegetable and meat foods are rich in vitamins, trace elements, fibre and flavonoids.
Vitamins are essential for sound functioning of cells and healthy growth and development of our body. In general, our body lacks mechanisms for their production and consequently we have to gain them from food. Vitamin needs are elevated in childhood, adolescence and when our body is weakened by illnesses. Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins for our body. It ensures our overall well-being, from enhancing the integrity of cell systems and iron absorption to promoting immune system in general. It is of vital importance in fighting common children diseases. Other important vitamin is beta-carotene, which is a corner stone of the vitamin A, a key player in the development of sight and right functioning of skin and mucous membranes. It is found especially in fruits and vegetables coloured yellow or orange. B vitamins (particularly the vitamins B1, B2, B6, B9 and B12) are found in vegetables, cereals, milk and meat. Some fruits and various kinds of vegetables contain vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin which is important for the development of muscles, musous membranes and genitals. It is a strong antioxidant, i.e. it protects cells from being damaged by free radicals.
Dietary fibre is an indigestible part of the walls of plant cells (e.g. cellulose, lignin, pectin). Once in bowles, it binds noxious compounds and prevents them from entering the body. Dietary fibre promotes and regulates digestion and excretion.
Trace elements are chemical elements that are needed in minute quantities for ensuring proper course of metabolic reactions. Lack of trace elements is comparable to the lack of vitamins. The most important ones are: iron, zinc, iodine, manganese, copper, selenium, aluminium and chrome. There are various symptoms of trace elements deficiency. Iron deficiency is the most common one and it can cause state of constant tiredness, disorders of psychomotor development in children and anemia; zinc deficiency can lead to growth failures, skin disorders, deterioration of wound healing, increased proneness to infection and smell and taste perception disorders; lack of copper is accounted for anemia as well as sub-development of nervous system; and finally, iodine deficiency can lead to developmental disorders in children, growth failures and mental disorders.
Bioflavonoids are the most important plant pigments and they are found in fruits and vegetables. They are known for their excellent antioxidant activity, protecting the body against negative effects of free radicals. They are very useful in fighting viruses, bacteria and they also have inflammatory properties.
Why is it important to introduce non-milk foods after 5 months?
After 5 months, baby`s digestive system is prepared for other foods than milk, which is also connected to better functioning of kidney excretive activity. Energy needs of body increases, as well as the needs for some other substances, such as proteins, iron and zinc. Therefore it is important that milk-based nourishment be supplemented with non-milk foods. In case of breastfed babies, the limit for introducing such foods is a bit prolonged, until 6 months, since baby`s energy, proteins and minerals needs are fully covered by breast milk. It is not advisable to introduce non-milk foods sooner than indicated. This is also applicable for the infants with developed allergy or with a tendency to it.
What to choose first?
First non-milk food introduced to infant`s diet after 5 months should be monocomponent (single-fruit or single-vegetable puree). It shouldn`t contain sugar. Serve it strained and mashed with plastic teaspoon just before feeding the baby with milk (breastmilk or formula). Give your little one time to get to know the taste and take to it. First day it is enough to succeed with one spoonful of sigle-fruit or vegetable puree. Use the same puree for 3 or 4 days so that you can observe any signs of intolerance to food components. After two weeks you can proceed with replacing one whole milk meal with a non-milk supplement. At this stage, you can gradually serve combinations – vegetable and meat combinations instead of single-vegetable purees and fruit and dairy products combinations instead of single-fruit puree.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a component of some cereals (wheat, rye or barley) used for flour production and pastry made of flour. If served prematurely, it can seriously damage intestinal walls and bring about coeliac disease. Foods containing gluten are therefore not suitable before 6 month. Until then you can serve other more convenient cereals, such as rice.
How can mums be sure that OVKO products are of better quality than homemade baby food prepared from the foods available at home?
OVKO foods have to be compliant with the most stringent requirements for the quality of baby food, especially in relation to pollutants content. Fruits and vegetables bought in a shop can contain much more noxious substances, especially dangerous are nitrates, some heavy metals and other chemicals, which can seriously damage baby`s health.