Equipping your child with fruits not only serves as a snack, but can also meet the needs of fiber, vitamins, and minerals in the midst of its intense activity. That’s all important in supporting the growth and development.
Once the importance of fruit consumption, the Balanced Nutrition Guidelines released by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia places the fruit in the second position. Together with vegetables, fruit becomes the type of food that must be consumed in the second highest amount after the source of carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, etc.).
The benefits of fruits as a menu Little One
Make fruit complementary food menu for the Little One. Because the benefits of fruit as described below are very unfortunate to pass up.
Rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that can ward off free radicals in the body. Free radicals can damage body cells and cause disease such as cancer. Types of fruit that are known to be rich in antioxidants are oranges, mangoes, lemons, and berries.
Antioxidants in fruits are also good for boosting the immune system, so that your little one is not easily sick or attacked by infections.
Excellent source of vitamins and minerals
Various vitamins and minerals contained in the fruit regulate metabolism, the body’s enzymes work, to blood cells and their circulatory system. Vitamins and minerals from fruit can also prevent night blindness, dry skin, and canker sores.
Enriched unsaturated fatty acids
Certain fruits are also rich in unsaturated fatty acids, such as avocados. The content is good for brain development and intelligence of your child. Unsaturated fatty acids in fruits have also been studied to improve heart health.
High water content
There are fruits that contain 80 percent water, such as star fruit, watermelons, oranges, pears, and strawberries. The water content can prevent your child become dehydrated.
Good for digestion
Fruits are also known to be high in fiber so that they can facilitate the digestion process. If your child regularly eats fruit, he can avoid constipation.
Some fruits such as oranges, apples, and pears are also rich in pectin. Pectin is popular for its ability to bind harmful chemicals in the intestine and help with its removal from the body.
Prevent chronic diseases
Consumption of fruit regularly studied can reduce the risk of chronic diseases later in life, such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes.
The best choice of fruit for Little
Mothers should choose fruits with high water content such as watermelons, melons, strawberries, oranges, apples, and pears. Combine it also with fruits that are rich in fiber such as bananas and papaya.
Any type of fruit actually still brings benefits to the Little One. The best way to consume fruit is to vary it, because no fruit contains complete vitamins and minerals.
So that the Little One is not bored, Mother must be creative in processing it. For example, made a salad, mixed with frozen yogurt (froyo), put in a pudding, used as smoothies, and others.
There are so many benefits to provide Little Kids with fruits for their health. Because the fruit is rich in antioxidants, good sources of vitamins and minerals, containing unsaturated fatty acids, high in water content, good for digestion, so as to reduce the risk of chronic disease.