Eating fruit is one of the most important parts of your child’s diet. Fruit is full of fiber, low in fat and calories and it’s full of healthy nutrients to help your child grow! Eating fruit protects your child from some diseases and illnesses. Unfortunately, more than 60% of all children in the U.S. do not eat enough fruit. In fact, 1 out of 3 children is obese or overweight due to bad diets.
Fruit is a great way to lower your child’s caloric intake which can help prevent obesity. It’s easy to replace a processed snack with a fresh piece of fruit each day in your child’s lunchbox. Fresh fruit also provides natural energy from the healthy sugar found in fruit. Active children are less likely to have problems with their weight!
Kids need fiber to help keep their digestive systems working normally. Fiber reduces constipation, helps lower the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Fruit is also packed with vitamins and minerals that keep the body healthy. Fruit like bananas is packed with potassium which helps keep blood pressure normal. The vitamin C found in citrus also helps boost the immune system and fights infection. Vitamin A which is found in watermelon and mango also promotes eye health.
There are so many reasons your children need to eat fruit for good health. Eating enough fruit helps build strong bones and reduces the risk of some cancers such as lung, throat, and stomach. Eating enough fruit supports brain health which helps your child learn. Eating fruit can also help your child focus and retain information better in school.
Fruit is healthy, it’s full of health benefits and it tastes delicious. Take the time to teach your child the importance of eating fruit and make it fun! Try taking your child apple picking or pick your own strawberries! This is super fun and you will get exercise at the same time!