Can I Give My Baby Edamame?

Can I give my baby edamame?Edamame might seem like a healthy enough option for your baby, and you might be tempted to give them some to see how they do with it. But is it something that is good for them, or are you setting them up for problems later in life?

It can be a little overwhelming being a parent and having to figure out what to feed your baby. If you enjoy eating adamame, either as an appetizer at a restaurant, or as a snack or side dish, you probably have thought of giving some to your baby. But this is actually an allergenic food, and your baby might not be able to handle it. Even more, they might become more prone to having a soy allergy down the road if you end up giving them a soy product so early on in their development.

So it’s best to hold off on the edamame, and perhaps indefinitely, as more and more research points to soy products not being as healthy as they once were thought to be. A lot of vegetarians go to soy as a replacement for protein their not getting in meat, but research suggests that soy can cause cancer and other gastrointestinal problems and is not a very nutritious food. There’s still a lot of debate on the issue, and plenty of people that still swear by soy, but why involve your baby in the debate, just avoid it entirely.

Can I Give My Baby Edamame? Answer: Not Recommended

The reason that you don’t want to give your baby edamame is because they’re soy beans, and some babies will either be allergic to soy, or will have trouble processing it at such a young age. If you also take into consideration the studies that have been done that bring into question whether soy is even good for us, it makes it an easy choice to hold off on until a later time. Once your child is past the toddler years they can pretty much handle whatever food the rest of the family is eating, in appropriate portions of course.

There’s also the size and shape of edamame, and they represent a choking hazard. If you’re bent on giving it to them make sure that you break it up and even mash it up if they’re not used to eating food of this size, and not able to chew it up very good on their own. Overall though, it’s best not to give it to them, for the reasons cited above, as well as the fact that there’s very little nutritional value to it.

Other Options
If you’re looking to give your baby something similar to edamame, you should try any number of vegetables that will provide nutriion, and also don’t have much of a risk of an allergic reaction. This will make sure that your baby is getting wholesome nutrition, and also that they’re not at risk for developing problems later in life. There are very few vegetables that have been deemed harmful for your baby, especially when they are pureed or otherwise blended up so that they’re easily digested.

Cavalier Attitudes
You might see some moms and dads ask forums whether anyone has ever given their baby edamame. Is this really the way to decide whether to give your baby something. Just because 10 moms say it’s OK doesn’t mean it is. It’s like the blind leading the blind, and should never be the way you make up your mind about what to give your child. You have to do your research, and that even means taking the information you receive here and weighing it against your own opinion and coming to your own conclusion. When it comes to feeding your baby there is no safety in numbers.

Don’t leave your baby’s health in the hands of other people’s opinions. If you are still unclear on what to give them, consult with your doctor or an infant nutritionist. They’ll be able to take into consideration your baby’s age and development and give the right advice, rather than just telling you that yep, they once gave their baby edamame and it didn’t cause a problem.

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Nicole September 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm

So don’t listen to hundreds of other parents but listen to this person writing this blog… I’d say ask your DOCTOR.


Wilhelmina December 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

ummm…. you should keep up to date on research. Current research shows that the early introduction of allergenic foods can actually prevent allergies. Current food recommendations are to expose your child to all foods except honey and cow’s milk from 6 months on. What are your credentials?


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