July 15, 2020 08:51
Fruit is an essential part of a healthy diet, and developing a habit of eating fruit early on in life helps develop the sense of taste and aids in brain development.
The fiber helps stimulate appetite for a wider range of food and aids digestion, and many are packed with different types of nutrients.
But parents have to be careful when feeding their kids as some fruit are so packed with sugar that they carry their own perils. They are also high in calories and should be avoided by obese people. There are even kids who eat so much sweet fruit that they end up losing their appetite for meals.
Another hazard is pre-packaged fruit juice, which can be high in calorie but low on nutrients.
Consuming large amounts of fruit juice, especially when the fruit content is only at around 30 percent, could lead to obesity and hinder the brain's development. That is why nutritionists these days advise parents not to let infants have juice and to give it sparingly to toddlers.
When children are thirsty, they should first of all be offered water. If they insist on fruit, it is better to give them slices than juice.
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