Ingredients of baby food cause questions among many parents who want to feed their babies only with quality and safe products. Especially many concerns are associated with vegetable oils, the harm of which is often discussed in the media. Among them - rapeseed oil. Is it useful for children or can it harm a child's body? Let's understand.
What are they made of?
Rapeseed is an oil that is extracted from rapeseed. It is consumed every year more and more, as it is a source of valuable fatty acids.
- Biochemical properties are similar to the properties of olive oil.
- It is slightly oxidized and has a long shelf life.
- It has a yellowish-brown color, a characteristic taste and a pleasant smell resembling walnut.
- It is added to confectionery, salads, used for canning.
- In the process of industrial processing free fatty acids, pigments, phospholipids and sulfur compounds are removed from it.
- Many monounsaturated fats are made up.
- Includes omega fatty acids and vitamin E.
- The alpha-linolenic acid content is one of the largest among all vegetable oils.
- Fatty acids from rapeseed oil are important for metabolism, regeneration processes in cells, prevention of thrombosis, healthy skin.
Unrefined oil from rapeseed contains erucic acid, which is harmful to humans. It is not digested and accumulates in the tissues, causing a slowdown in the development of the reproductive system. Because of this substance, unrefined rapeseed oil of certain varieties is forbidden to be sold in some countries.
Among crops grown using genetic engineering, there is also rape. The benefits and harms of products with GMOs are actively discussed in the scientific community, but if it is about nutrition for children, most parents tend to be reinsured and avoid risks, even if they are unlikely.
However, with regard to rapeseed, it should be noted that rapeseed cultures derived by genetic engineers are characterized by a lower erucic acid content, which makes rapeseed oil safer.
As a part of children's mixtures
Because of the studies that proved the negative effect of oil consumption from rapeseed in childhood on the development and growth of children, this product was forbidden for some time to be added to baby food.
Later the ban was lifted, provided that its content in the diet for children will not be more than 31% of all fats in the mixture. Recent studies by German scientists have confirmed that modern formulas of baby food, including rapeseed oil, are safe for babies.
The main reason for adding to children's mixtures is the need to give the kids the essential fatty acids they need. In babies with breastfeeding, it is possible to obtain such acids from mother's milk, and in order to maximize the composition of the mixture to the composition of women's milk, manufacturers add vegetable oils, including rapeseed, to their nutrition.
Application and addition to food
Rapeseed oil can be used as a normal vegetable, but there is another danger. Refining and other processing of rapeseed oil are carried out at high temperature and with the use of chemicals, among which there are also dangerous ones. To exclude the harmful effect, adults are advised to choose for use rapeseed oil Extra Virgin, that is, obtained by cold pressing.
. Also when buying a product for cooking, pay attention to the amount of erucic acid in the selected product( it is indicated on the packaging and should be up to 5%).
It is not recommended to fry on it, since high temperatures make this product toxic and carcinogenic. It is best to add rapeseed oil to salads and ready meals. In vegetable purees for children it can be added in an amount of 5 ml per 150-200 gr. Vegetables.
Ration without rapeseed oil
If you want to avoid the use of rapeseed oil and do not give the baby food containing such an ingredient to your children, read the labels carefully and choose the products in which it is not available.
Most infant formulas include rapeseed oil in its composition. This component is not present in the mixtures of Nanni and Similak. Fatty acids in these mixtures are represented by fats from coconut and soybean oil.