Nutrition plays a pivotal role in the healthy development of children, and incorporating fruits into their diet is a key component. But how much fruit should you be aiming to serve them? Here are some tips.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a general guideline is that children aged two to six years should consume two servings of fruit per day, while children aged seven to 18 should aim for one to 1.5 cups of fruit daily.
Variety is Key
Encourage a diverse selection of fruits to ensure your kids receive a variety of nutrients. Include a mix of fresh, frozen, juices, and fruit purees.
Watch for Added Sugars
While natural sugars in fruits are generally healthy, be cautious of added sugars, especially in fruit juices and fruit-flavored snacks. Opt for whole fruits or 100% fruit juices without added sugars.
Consider Individual Needs
And finally, each child is unique, and factors like activity level, metabolism, and overall health should influence their fruit intake. If your child is particularly active, they may require more calories, and so also more fruit. At the end of the day, encourage your children to listen to their hunger cues to help them have a healthy relationship with food.