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Fruits are naturally low in calories, high in fiber, and loaded with crucial vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and development. So, not eating fruits can be cause of deficiency in developing children. But the more you force your children to eat something, the more they’ll push back. So here are some tips to encourage your child to have fruits: 1. Eat Together: Eat fruit yourself! Small children specially toddlers are great imitators and will eat whatever their parents eat. But, they're also very intuitive and know what you like and don't like. They are interest enough to want “what mommy eats.” 2. Keep Trying: Many children reject new foods because they’re afraid of them, not because they don’t like the taste. Don’t give up! You may need to present a new fruit 10 times or more before they’ll accept it. 3. Slice Fruit: Your kids may be more likely to want sliced fruit than whole fruit. The slicing strategy works at schools & home too. 4. Let Them Pick Their Fruit: Take along your kids to the market & let them pick their own fruits. You can offer them fruits in the form of smoothies, fruit yogurts etc. 5. Mix It Up: Offer fruit in a variety of forms, textures and shapes. Experiment with frozen, freeze-dried, canned, fresh and dried fruit.
Child Nutrition Expert
Rainbow Children's Hospital, Banjara Hills