WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFANT CEREAL AND ADULT CEREAL?
In Nestlé foods, an international food manufacturing company, cereals produced are divided into two types: INFANT CEREALS and ALL FAMILY CEREALS. All family cereals are cereals produced for older children and adults, or "adult cereals" whereas infant cereals are specifically produced for babies between the ages of 0–3yrs.
Most individuals make the mistake of believing that cereal is cereal, no difference, hence they feed their babies any type of cereal. I will go a bit scientific in explaining the difference between both types of cereals.
One of the major differences between these cereals is the process of Hydrolysis. Infant cereals undergo hydrolysis while All family cereals need not undergo hydrolysis.
WHAT IS HYDROLYSIS?
TYPES OF HYDROLYSIS
Some indigenous people make grains easier for babies to digest by soaking the grains for 24 hours or more and mildly fermenting them before processing them into food for babies.
WHY IS BABY FOOD HYDROLYSED?
EFFECTS OF UNHYDROLYSED CEREALS ON BABIES
Food allergies, loss of weight, vomiting, and irritation can occur in babies as well.
HOW CAN YOU RECOGNIZE IF A CEREAL HAS BEEN HYDROLYSED?
Also, food manufacturers now indicate on each pack whether the cereal is for infants or older children. For example, COMPLAN, a milk manufacturer in Nigeria, indicate on their product that it is not to be fed to children below 3 years of age.
Nestlé, another food manufacturing company, indicate on their pack that the popular "Golden Morn" cereal is an all family cereal meant for older children and adults, not children below the age of 3. A lot of mothers, however, do not adhere strictly to this. Most babies have been lucky to go unhurt consuming substances too advanced for their internal organs, while some of their counterparts have not been so lucky.
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