Best Fruits for Kids According to Nutritionists
Ideally kids will “eat the rainbow” for a healthy and well-balanced diet. (What is “eating the rainbow?” It means eating fruits and vegetables of different colors every day.) This is great if you have access to an assortment of fruits, but accessibility, not to mention picky eaters, can force parents to be more selective.
Below are the top 5 fruits recommended for kids by Nutritionists. These nutritional powerhouses are widely available making it easier to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle.
Blueberries are full of antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C—which can help boost your little one’s immune system.
Apples are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber to help manage blood sugar levels, promote good digestion, and support gut and heart health.
They’re also a good source of vitamin C and plant polyphenols, which are disease-fighting compounds found in plants.
The benefit of bananas goes way beyond their potassium content. They’re also an amazing source of Vitamin B6 (for brain development), and Magnesium (good for muscle and nerve function).
RASPBERRIES & BLACKBERRIES
Raspberries and blackberries are full of antioxidants and nutrients. They’re high in fiber to aid in digestion, blood glucose control and weight loss. Each are a great source of Vitamin C, Manganese and Potassium.
Nutritionists say an easy rule of thumb is to always go for berries (sorry apples and bananas). They’re both lowest in sugar and highest in fiber.
Sources: https://www.tasteofhome.com, The 20 Healthiest Foods for Kids, According to a Nutritionist, Christina Manian, RDNUpdated: Jul. 20, 2022
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/fruits-that-deserve-the-buzz-your-dietitians-picks/, November 10, 2022, What Are the Best Fruits for You?