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Table 5 Food that should not be given to children below two years and reasons for it

From: Traditional food taboos and practices during pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and infant care of Zulu women in northern KwaZulu-Natal

Education background
None
n = 23
Grades 1–7
n = 24
Grades 8–12
n = 63
TEd
n = 30
Total
n = 140 (%)
Food avoidance for child
< 2 years
Reason (s)
10 8 11 10 39 (28) Meat Teeth and digestive system are not strong, the child will craves meat his whole life or craves other kids food, the baby will grow up sexually active, causes diarrhea and intestinal worms
3 7 22 3 35 (25) Sugar and sweets Rotten teeth, too much saliva and sores on tongue
7 3 12 1 23 (16) Strong food (cereal, amadumbe, dry corn, sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas (L.) lam) Hard to digest due the child’s underdeveloped digestive system
1 2 7 2 12 (9) Fizzy drinks Causes asthma
1 2 2 5 10 (7) Water The water will go to the knees and delays walking process, disturbed the stomach
1 2 6 1 10 (7) Banana, sweet potato Constipation, causes diarrhea, rotten teeth
1 4 1 3 9 (6) Samp and beans Teeth are not strong, cannot digest it
2 3 4   9 (6) Salty food The salt will goes to the knees and delays walking process/the process of having teeth will take longer
3 1 3 1 8 (6) Ox liver Will poop inside house for the rest of his/her life, very active bile, the baby will be lazy, the baby will be stupid, does not digest well
2 2 3   7 (5) Amasi milk (fermented milk) Causes tape worms and diarrhea
  2 4 1 7 (5) Yoghurt and purity Baby will not grow well, cause fever and intestinal worms.
  1 3 3 7 (5) Milk, cheese, chicken and polony (process sausage) They speed up maturation
   4 2 6 (4) Phuthu pap (maize porridge) Causes intestinal worms, slow digestion, causes kwashiorkor
   5   5 (4) Chili, spices Ulcers, runny tummy, can also irritate the skin.
   1 4 5 (4) Eggs Speeds maturation process
  3 1   4 (3) Cakes, cookies Cause teeth decay
  1 2   3 (2) Hot potato chips Skin problems/cause ring worms
   1 2 3 (2) Soft porridge which is not supplemented by milk The baby will have kwashiorkor (malnutrition)
1   2   3 (2) Tea Causes headache and can be addictive
1   1   2 (1) Alcohol Brain damage
   1   1 (0.7) Chicken to a girl The child will lust over men and be sexually active at an early stage
    2 2 (1) Cabbage (Brassica oleracea L.) Diarrhea/causes constipation
   1   1 (0.7) Food related to the child’s surname is taboo Child will get sick
   1   1 (0.7) Honey Baby will suffocate because it is too thick
   1   1 (0.7) Fish Fish contain bones that may harm the baby
  1. n number of participants responded, TEd tertiary education, Grade refers to the twelve classes (grades 1–12) that one attends at basic education before qualifying for the senior certificate to tertiary institutions