Complementary foods given to babies after the age of 6 months should meet the nutritional needs of the child. One variety of nutritious complementary foods, namely potato purple.
Purple yam is rarely the choice of food, even though it contains many substances that the body needs. One benefit is that it can nourish the gastrointestinal tract.
"Ubi purple contain anthocyanins, natural pigments color purple is for antioxidant and have a prebiotic activity of good bacteria in the gut," says nutrition consultant pediatrician and metabolic Julistio Djais in Jakarta, Monday (10/03/2016).
Purple sweet potato is also a source of carbohydrates, also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B1, and ribovlavin. No exception of mineral resources such as iron, phosphorus, kalsiun, zinc, selenium, and iodine contained in purple yam.
Professor of Food and Nutrition from Bogor Agricultural University, Prof. Dr. Ir. Ali Khomsan, MS added anthocyanin in purple yam improve gastrointestinal tract by increasing the good bacteria that function as prebiotics that maintain the balance of bacteria in the digestive tract.
With a healthy digestive tract will boost the immune system. "Compared to other yams, sweet purple anthocyanins in the highest," said Ali.
Another advantage, purple sweet potato is very suitable for children who are allergic or gluten intolerance, as having celiac disease. Ali said, for complementary foods do not just purple yam, but also mixed with other protein sources.