Can Babies Eat Fruits

Can Babies Eat Fruits?

Botanically speaking, fruits are the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants, which form from the ovary after flowering. Fruits are the means through which flowering plants disseminate their seeds.

In common language the word “fruit” is used meaning the fleshy seed-associated parts of a flowering plant that are edible, with different tastes from sweet to sour. Such “fruits” are: apples, peaches, bananas, grapes, plums etc. From a botanical point of view bean pods, corn kernels, tomatoes, wheat grains are also considered fruits.

Various fruits are consumed by humans, eaten fresh, dried or as jams and marmalades. They are also ingredients for manufactured foods like cakes, cookies, yogurt, ice creams, and also for beverages. There are many “vegetables”, which are actually fruits or berries: cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, tomato, zucchini, olive, paprika, vanilla etc.

Fresh fruits are high in fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium, folate and are low in fat, sodium and calories. Daily consumption of fruits reduces the risks of many diseases.

What Fruit Should Children Eat First?

The best way to introduce fruits into your baby’s diet is by pureeing them. Excellent ideas for pureed fruits that you can prepare for your baby starting at the age of 6 months are: apple, banana, pears, prunes, peaches, pumpkin, avocado, papaya, kiwi, cantaloupe.

Do You Have to Cook Fruit For Baby Food ?

There are some fruits like bananas, avocados, pears, kiwi, peaches, which do not need cooking before giving them to your baby. If they are peeled and mashed they can be given to babies. Some fruits like apples, pears need to be baked or steamed to soften them up, and being able to make puree out of them.

Can Babies Eat Dried Fruits?

It is not recommended to give babies simply dried fruits, but you can use them as ingredients to tasty baby foods and finger foods. Dried cranberries, blueberries are great snacks for toddlers. Larger dried foods like dates, cherries, apricots need to be cut up into smaller sized pieces, to avoid choking.

Summer Fruit Puree

Ingredients: 1 knob of butter, 200g peaches, 1 peeled and diced apple, 250g blueberries, 200g hulled strawberries, 1 ripe banana, 100ml water.

Melt the butter in a saucepan, put the peaches and the apple into the pan and stir over the heat for 2 minutes. Add the water and simmer for 7 minutes until the fruits soften and all of the water has evaporated. Put the blueberries and strawberries into the pan and stir for 1 minute. Add the banana, and blend all the ingredients until you get the desired texture.

FAQ

What is a fruit?

Botanically speaking, fruits are the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants, which form from the ovary after flowering. Fruits are the means through which flowering plants disseminate their seeds. In common language the word “fruit” is used meaning the fleshy seed-associated parts of a flowering plant that are edible, with different tastes from sweet to sour.

How healthy is fruit?

Fresh fruits are high in fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium, folate and are low in fat, sodium and calories. Daily consumption of fruits reduces the risks of many diseases.

When can you start giving fruit to your child?

You can start giving fruit to your baby starting at the age of 6 months. Start by pureeing the fruits.

The risks of giving fruits to your baby?

Babies can choke on bigger pieces of fruits, and dried fruits. Some fruits may cause allergic reactions in babies.

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