Seitan for babies

Is seitan good or bad for babies?


Can babies eat seitan?

Seitan is not an essential food in the baby’s diet. It is a product obtained from wheat protein, that is to say, it mainly contains gluten. It is mainly used as adult food, as a carrier of protein in vegetarian diets.

In case you want to introduce seitan in the baby’s feeding, we must take into account that it comes from a cereal, in this case specifically wheat, which contains gluten.

Following the food introduction table, gluten is introduced after 8 months.

Gluten is the cause of a small (though important) percentage of allergies in infants and children at an early age, so it is recommended to be introduced as food between 8 and 9 months and not before.

What cereals are recommended instead of seitan in the first few months?

There are other cereals and farinaceous that do not contain this protein as is the case of rice, maize, millet or sorghum, with which you can make the first cereal without gluten from 6 months of age.

Gluten-free cereals are introduced after 8 months.

Seitan, because of its protein richness, is preferable to introduce it at 9 months, in small amounts, and very boiled.

What precautions should be followed with seitan in babies?

We must take special care to ensure that the cereal introduced in the baby’s food does not contain gluten until the recommended age.

We can do this, for example, always taking into account that it contains a drawing with a spike struck in the container, or looking at the ingredients contained in the nutritional label and therefore avoid consuming the product if it contains wheat, barley, oats or rye, They all contain gluten.

Quinoa does not contain gluten, but its consumption is not recommended at such early ages due to its granular shape and texture, so we avoid it because it can cause choking.

* Related information: How to make seitan at home, How to preserve seitan,

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

22 April, 2019

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