What is Sago?
Sago is an edible starch that comes from tropical palm trees. It is mainly grown in Southeast Asian countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia.
Sago is one of the best foods for babies. You can provide sago to your baby when he or she is ready for solid food. When our baby reached the seventh month, we started feeding him sago porridge.
We have given a nutrition chart of sago (100 grams) in the following: (Source: Sago: Nutrition, Benefits, Downsides, and Uses)
|Protein||Less than 1 gram|
|Fat||Less than 1 gram|
|Fiber||Less than 1 gram|
|Zinc||11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)|
Sago is gluten-free and an excellent source of carbohydrates. Apart from this, it also contains many important nutrients. 100 grams of sago contains 20 mg of calcium, 11 mg of potassium, and 1.58 mg of iron.
- 2 tablespoons of sago for a 7-month-old baby. For 7+ month-old babies, you can provide 3 tablespoons of sago.
- 2 cups of water.
How to make:
- Wash and soak the sago overnight.
- Drain the water.
- Heat two cups of water in a cooking pot and bring to a boil.
- Add the sago and cook for 10 minutes until they become translucent.
- Remove from heat.
- Cool the sago to room temperature and serve.
Health benefits for babies:
⦿ Develops immunity:
Sago contains polyphenols, which is a plant-based compound that works as antioxidants in your baby’s body. Besides, polyphenols play a great role in improving immunity and reducing inflammation in babies and toddlers.
⦿ Constipation & diarrhea:
Sago is very good for the digestive system of your child. Constipation is a common problem in babies. It is very effective in treating constipation, bloating, and indigestion in babies and recommended by pediatric doctors.
Our son was infected by diarrhea in the eleventh month due to teething. Sago was one of the foods which were recommended by our child’s pediatric doctor. On this blog, we have already discussed the treatments of diarrhea in children. If you want to know the home remedies for diarrhea, please visit the link (https://smartparentig.family/baby-diarrhea-cause-treatment/).
⦿ Muscle growth:
Protein is an essential nutrient that ensures the overall growth of babies. Sago contains a small amount of protein that develops the muscle of children. Carbohydrates found in sago develop muscle growth in babies.
⦿ Bone development:
Sago is an excellent source of calcium, potassium, iron, and phosphorus. These nutrients play a significant role in the bone development of babies and toddlers.
⦿ Blood circulation:
Packed with potassium, sago helps in the functioning of the cardiovascular system in your child’s body (Source: Sabudana – health benefits for babies). Moreover, it also improves blood circulation and makes your baby fit.
100 grams of sago contains 332 calories of energy. Sago contains much energy and makes babies active throughout the day. Furthermore, it also keeps the stomach full for a long period of time. After eating sago, our son can go for several hours without any food.
Babies can digest sago easily. That is why it is one of the best first foods for a baby. We introduced sago to our baby when he reached the seventh month and he was fine with it.
⦿ Weight gain:
It is very rich in starch and carbohydrates. 100 grams of sago contains 83 grams of carbohydrates. Therefore, it helps in the weight gain of babies and toddlers. If your baby is underweight, then you can include sago in his or her diet.
Finally, we can say that sago is an excellent food and can be given to 7-month-old babies without any hesitation. Please share the article and help your friends.