Introducing Bell Pepper to Baby

I think my daughter is cutting a tooth and her gums seem hard and swollen. She also seems to be in pain at times. And while I have read that breast milk serves as a natural painkiller and offer it to her regularly, I also wanted to know if there was any food that helped with it; food that was safe for a 7.5 month old. That’s when I came across this beauty – the ripe and red Bell Pepper. Did you know that it is used in some cultures to relieve chronic pain? Vitamin C and vitamin K, both found in bell peppers, have anti-inflammatory properties, which reduces swelling. Capsaicin is another component found in bell peppers that relieve chronic pain.
So, my little girl had roasted bell pepper soup as her 49th ingredient to try; and she loved it!
I roasted the cleaned and hulled peppers in the oven and sliced them for pureeing. This, combined with potato, leek and chicken, was an absolute hit!
I tasted the roasted red bell pepper purée myself and it wasn’t spicy at all. It had a sweet almost cooked-tomato-like flavour to it (without the acidity). There was a hint of bitterness followed by a slight peppery finish but it didn’t seem to bother Ahalya in any way. And it has been almost a day since I offered it to her and there are no signs of an allergic reaction either.
Red Bell Peppers contain a host of vitamins and minerals including vitamin K1, vitamin E, vitamin A, B vitamins, folate and potassium. You can also find over 30 types of carotenoids that help heal eyes and improve eye health in them. Carotenoids possess powerful antioxidant effects that can prevent certain types of cancers by deactivating free radicals. Red Bell Peppers are the ripest of all varieties and holds the most amount of antioxidant benefits as ripening increases its carotenoid content. The amount of vitamin C increases with ripening as well.
Naturally occurring in the pepper is Vitamin B6 that helps your brain produce serotonin and norepinephrine that affect your mood, positively. This type of pepper is also a natural sleep aid and, promotes healthy skin and hair.
The anti-inflammatory properties in bell pepper also lower inflammation in arteries, thereby preventing heart disease in babies.

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