Watermelons in a child’s diet: benefit or harm?
When watermelons ripen, many young mothers ask themselves whether children can give this delicious juicy fruit. They are also interested in the fact, at what age this tycoon, which until recently was called a giant berry, may appear in the children’s diet.
And also, what more can you expect from a watermelon: benefit or harm?
A ripe good watermelon is a real storehouse of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Therefore, in the children’s diet at the height of the season, he must be present.
Why? Yes, because the watermelon:
- perfectly quenches thirst in the heat, making up for this lost stock of liquid and trace elements during sweating;
- contains fructose and glucose, which are easily absorbed by the child’s body and have a beneficial effect on the child’s mental development;
- contains useful fiber – fiber, which helps to improve digestion;
- due to the high iron content is a good prevention of anemia;
- strengthens immunity, improves eyesight and improves the mood of the child due to vitamins of group B, C and A.
In general, it turns out that watermelon is not just delicious food, but also a solid benefit. However, do not rush to draw any conclusions.
In addition to the benefits of watermelon can cause harm to the child’s body, even without considering a possible allergy.
Thanks to the simple sugars that are easily absorbed by the body, watermelon can cause increased body weight. And this is fraught with childhood obesity with all the ensuing consequences.
In addition, the harm of watermelon lies in the fiber contained in the composition. It is these insoluble dietary fibers that can cause rotting and fermentation in the intestine.
That is, provoke flatulence and frustration.
However, such serious consequences will lead only to the excessive use of watermelon. If the child will eat the sweet juicy pulp only in full accordance with the norm established for his age, then the watermelon will bring only one benefit.
Surely you have a question, from what age you can give your child a watermelon. We hasten to immediately give him an answer – from one and a half or even two years!
It is due to the fact that only at this age the baby’s digestive tract is fully prepared for digesting the fiber contained in the watermelon.
However, even at this age, it is desirable to give a watermelon in a mashed form and without necessarily crust and bones. The cortex should be absent because the baby will not be able to eat only the flesh and will certainly eat green peel.