Mothers do not in vain try to feed their children with seasonal fruits more often in September: in terms of the content of substances useful for the body, they are far superior to their overseas relatives. Therefore, adults often strive to give their child, as they say, “all the best at once.”
But in the pursuit of fortification do not forget about the sense of proportion.
One of the most common myths that nutrients are deposited in the body in the “depot”, that is, in reserve, and then will be gradually spent the whole year, unfortunately, has no basis. Vitamin C, which is so rich in seasonal fruits, does not accumulate in the human body. Moreover, our body can store only fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and B12, and then only a few weeks.
In addition, fruits cannot provide the full range of nutrients needed by the growing body, which means that other food groups must be present in the baby’s diet.
- When you first meet with the fruit, follow the same precautions as with the introduction of complementary foods: start with small amounts. If there is no adverse reaction, gradually increase the volume to 100 g per day. This is the limit for a child of 1-3 years.
- Divide the daily portion of fruit into several receptions, such as a second breakfast and afternoon snack.
- Heat treatment facilitates assimilation: fresh fruit can be boiled kissel, compote, bake them. During heat treatment, dietary fiber is destroyed, which means that they can no longer adversely affect the intestines of a child.
- If the child is prone to allergies, try to avoid fruits with a red color, and also remove the skin from all fruits.
Excessive fascination with fresh fruit can negatively affect the processes of digestion. Ripe fruits are rich in natural sugars, and it may happen that, after eating a sweet fruit, the baby refuses to offer him breakfast, lunch or dinner. In addition, children have a very sensitive digestive tract, and an excess of organic acids, which are also found in large quantities in seasonal fruits, will not do him good.
Dietary fiber, also part of the fruit, especially not quite ripe, can stimulate the bowels. As a result, the child will have an upset stomach. Ripe plums, apples, apricots and pears have a similar effect.
The same chair is fixed with fruits containing a lot of tannins: quince, blackthorn, pomegranate, unripe pears, some grape varieties. So give the baby fruit treats need a little, while taking into account their properties.