If the child does not eat vegetables and fruits

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Vegetables and fruits are essential food for the human body. ‘My baby doesn’t eat fruit, my baby doesn’t eat vegetables — that is what many parents say. Someone said, ‘My baby doesn’t want to eat fruit, what do I do.’ Another said, ‘My baby doesn’t want to eat vegetables, what do I do!’

Children do not want to eat fruits or vegetables, there is no reason to worry. But if they do not want to eat both, then there have a little tension.

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Butter. Source: Unsplash

What is the solution?

To get the solution you first need to know why you should feed the baby fruits or vegetables. There must be a purpose behind the food we eat every day. Remember, we don’t just eat to fill our stomachs. Every food has certain qualities. Judging by that quality we should eat food or we should do that.

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Fruits. Source: Unsplash

Why do we eat vegetables and fruits?

The two most important nutrients are vitamins and minerals. Vegetables and fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals. So we eat vegetables and fruits to meet our body’s daily needs, to strengthen the body’s immune system. We also try to feed our children. We eat rice, bread, turnips to meet the demand for sugar; We eat ghee, butter or oil to meet our protein needs; We eat fish, meat, eggs, pulses to meet our fats needs. In the same way, we eat vegetables and fruits to meet the demand for vitamins and minerals. These are the best sources of all kinds of vitamins and minerals.

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Fruits and bread. Source: Unsplash

Now let’s come to the point

Vegetables that contain vitamins and minerals, the same vitamins or minerals are available in the fruit. Of course, there is some difference, but only a small amount. Maybe some fruits contain a little more antioxidants, some less in vegetables. Again maybe some vitamins or minerals are found a little more in vegetables and a little less in fruits. It can be called a 19-20 difference.

Fruits such as peeled apples, mangoes, red grapes, watermelons, etc. are good sources of vitamin A. Red spinach, sweet pumpkin, papaya, grapefruit are also rich in vitamin A. So if your child eats enough red spinach without eating apples, his vitamin A needs will be met.

Vegetables like tomato, capsicum, broccoli, lettuce, etc. are rich in vitamin C. On the other hand guava, mango, pineapple, strawberry, etc. also contain vitamin C.

Fruits such as peeled apples, mangoes, red grapes, watermelons, etc. are good sources of vitamin A. Red spinach, sweet pumpkin, papaya, grapefruit are also rich in vitamin A. So if your child eats enough red spinach without eating apples, his vitamin A needs will be met.

Now which the children do not want to eat fruits, make it a habit to feed them vegetables. And children who do not want to eat vegetables, make it a habit to feed them fruits. If not one of the vegetables or fruits, your child must eat the other. But yes, gradually the child must get used to both. The amount of vegetables and fruits children eat will depend on their weight and height. Children should not be fed extra even if they like to eat.

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Raw foods. Source: Unsplash

Let me give you an example

An adult eats 400 grams of vegetables and fruits to meet the body’s need for vitamins and minerals throughout the day. Now if someone thinks that he should not eat fruits, only 400 grams of vegetables, there is no problem. His body’s need for vitamins and minerals will be met by playing any one. Again, if one eats only 400 grams of fruits without eating vegetables, his daily needs will be met. However, it is very good to eat at least 40-50 grams of fruit per day. It is also urgent.

Vegetables are cooked and eaten, some of the nutrients must be lost. The next time if you heat it, some of the nutrients are lost. But the fruit is eaten directly, so its nutritional value remains intact. Fruits are a very good source of antioxidants, which keep our body free from various diseases. That is to say, a little more nutrients are available from fruits and it is more beneficial.

Written by Md. Iqbal Hossain Nutritionist, Nutrition Officer, Chittagong Diabetic General Hospital, Chittagong.

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