Can "home" prepared vegetables be served to infants? What about high nitrate vegetables?
Home prepared vegetables can be served to infants when they are ready for solid foods. However, infants between 4 and 6 months should not be fed home prepared fresh, frozen or canned beets, carrots, collard greens, spinach and turnips. These vegetables may be high in nitrates which decrease the blood's ability to carry oxygen. If these vegetables are commercially prepared (jarred baby foods), they may be served if the parents indicate the baby has been fed them first at home.