Chia Seeds for Babies & Big Kids: 5 Health Benefits & How to Introduce Them to Little Ones
by: Tiny Sprouts Foods
Medically Reviewed by: Kerry Jones, MPH, RDN, LDN
Can babies have chia seeds? Absolutely! Introducing chia seeds from as early as 6 months of age offers children many benefits as chia seeds are so nutritionally rich. Gram for gram, chia seeds contain more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more omega 3s than salmon, and the list continues! Packed full of fiber and antioxidants, chia is a true superfood for everyone.
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Kerry Jones, MPH, RDN, LDN is a pediatric & maternal registered dietitian, nutrition consultant for Tiny Sprouts Foods, and owner of Milestones Pediatric & Maternal Nutrition. Her goal is to help transition women into motherhood and then continue to support them and their children as they grow. Learn more about nutrition for your family at www.milestonesnutrition.com.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is based on the experience of the author and science-based research. It is not intended to replace medical advice or diagnosis from a physician or other medical provider. This blog is not intended as a substitute for a consultation with a physician or other healthcare provider. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any suggestions discussed in this blog. It is important to talk to your doctor or your child’s pediatrician prior to starting any new medications or supplements.