Tropical fruits, although in Spain, are not too frequent, in other areas of the Spanish-speaking community, such as the Canary Islands or Central and South America, these fruits are part of the daily diet of a children's diet.
Thus, the recommendations regarding their introduction with complementary feeding, or even their subsequent inclusion in the diet of children or adults, has a more cultural than scientific connotation. We explain everything you need to know about the introduction of tropical fruits in the children's diet.
As essential nutrients, tropical fruits contain a lot of vitamin C, considerable amounts of some B vitamins and copper. They are also very rich in fiber, especially mango and papaya. Mango is also rich in carotenoids, while papaya is rich in folic acid, potassium and magnesium. Pineapple, for its part, provides significant amounts of manganese. Let's see what properties some tropical fruits have for children's diet:
- The handle, It has such attractive properties that it would be worthwhile to put aside popular traditions and prejudices towards the unknown and take the opportunity to introduce them as soon as possible in the diet of babies. Interestingly, mango is a fruit that can be found fresh all year round, since, depending on where the tree is, the fruits may prefer the summer or winter months in the tropics.
- Passion fruit or passion fruit is also a very nutritious fruit, a source of vitamin C and A, as well as iron and potassium. The combination of iron and vitamin C make the iron in this fruit more easily absorbed. In addition, it provides a large amount of fiber, favoring the gastrointestinal transit.
- The guava It is a source of vitamins and minerals with a profile similar to the rest of tropical fruits, as well as containing a lot of fiber.
- AvocadoFor its part, it is also a very complete fruit, being a source of monounsaturated fat, a healthy fat that also facilitates the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins it contains. It is not advisable to exceed its consumption (more than one a day), although, in moderation, it is a beneficial resource for children's diet, with a great variety of micro and macronutrients. Avocado in the form of guacamole, or simply mashed on a slice of bread, is a very nutritious snack for the little ones in the house.
- The coconutHowever, it contains saturated fat, one of the least healthy in the diet, so its consumption is not entirely recommended in the children's diet, despite its attractive content of B vitamins and minerals (copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium and calcium).
Together, these high-fiber tropical fruits are highly satisfying, which could not be recommended in the diet of children under 2 years or those little ones who don't eat too well, however, some such as guava, passion fruit and avocado, contain a high nutritional density, which is why they are particularly suitable in these cases.
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