I Gave My Baby Coconut Water. Was This A Good Thing?Naomi Odes
Since Fuzz was born, he’s only had breastmilk, a little water, and an ounce or two of formula during his first week of life to drink. I read in one of the books that babies should only have boiled, cooled water to drink, when offering water. When Fuzz was six or seven months old, I was keeping some boiled, cooled water in the refrigerator for him to mix with cereal and other pureed foods I’d made him, as well as for drinking.
Then, our fabulous Capresso water kettle broke. This made making the boiled, cooled water process slightly more labor intensive. So, of course, I stopped giving it to him so frequently. In fact, I stopped mixing his food with water because I didn’t want to use tap or bottled water for fear of lurking bacteria or chemicals. Instead, I started mixing all his food with coconut water. I figured this was just as healthy. Or not? I decided to do a little research.
When I searched if it was okay to give coconut water to babies, all of the sites said it was, but none of them were credible medical sites. What they did say was that although sometimes coconut is labeled as a “tree nut” it is usually much less of an allergen than other tree nuts. Fuzz hasn’t shown any allergies thus far.
Then, I found nutritional data for coconut water. Here’s a quote on coconut water from the SELF Magazine Nutrition Data Page:
The good: This food is very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Riboflavin and Calcium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.
The bad: This food is very high in Sodium, and a large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars.
While I am concerned about the sugar and sodium. I don’t think mixing Fuzz’s food with coconut water is as bad as say, mixing it with juice, is it? It seems healthier, and while I agree, just water or breastmilk would probably be better, sometimes I don’t have any expressed milk handy, and don’t want to defrost a whole bag just for half an ounce in his food. Also, I am still worried about the water factor. I admit I’ve used filtered tap water in a pinch but only when the food was cooking so therefore (in my head) boiling out any impurities. I am fully aware that I may be delusional in this matter.
Thankfully, our new Capresso kettle arrived in the mail today, so regardless, it won’t be as much of an issue, but it would be nice to know if others think it’s okay to use coconut water for baby’s food or to drink once in a while?
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