Foods to Keep Away from Babies

Adapted from Dr. Fuhrman's book Disease Proof Your Child:

Do not feed babies anything with added salt, sugar, or honey. Only organic fruits and vegetables and organic baby food should be used. To reduce the chance of developing allergies, delay feeding strawberries and citrus fruits until twelve months of age, and hold off on ground nuts and nut butters until nine months of age. Of course, children should not be given whole nuts until the age of two and a half because of a choking hazard, but raw nut butters and food made with ground raw nuts are fine after nine months of age. Avoid peanuts and peanut butter until the age of two, because they have such a strong potential for food allergy.

Raw nuts and seeds are an excellent source of protein, the healthiest type of fat, and are loaded with minerals and vitamins. Grind up sunflower seeds, almonds, and walnuts and store these ground nuts in the freezer to add to vegetables and fruit dishes for your child after nine months of age.

Important Foods to Avoid (at least) Until the First Birthday:
Eggs, fish and other seafood, meat, cow's milk, cheese, butter, oils, wheat, strawberries, oranges, grapefruits, fruit juice, sweeteners, honey peanuts, and processed foods with additives or salt.

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Leanne - June 24, 2006 2:18 AM

I'd like to add processed meats (salamis etc.) to this list of fods to avoid. Several babies have died here in Australia after being fed salami, due to food poisoning, and apparently these types of meats are notorious for food poisoning.

Kyle Key - June 24, 2006 6:36 AM

I'm assuming the organic baby food should only be non-citrus/non-strawberry fruit or vegetable based as well?

gini from Center Valley, Pennsylvania - July 10, 2006 10:55 AM

Can 16 month old baby be given lemons to eat?

Joel Fuhrman, MD - July 18, 2006 11:46 AM

Some lemon in a recipe after the age of 16 months is okay.

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