With National Avocado Day coming up on July 31, we thought to share some of the amazing health benefits that this fruit provides for babies, toddlers, tweens and beyond.
First, let’s start by explaining what some may say is obvious, but what exactly is an avocado? An avocado is a big pear-shaped fruit with hard external skin but a buttery soft flesh inside with just one large seed. It’s quite a popular fruit and originates in Mexico and other parts of South and Central America. Avocado’s can be green, purple, yellowish green, and maroon. The fruit is rich in monounsaturated fats that are quintessential for kids.
Provides All Essential Vitamins
Avocado is a rich source of all essential vitamins. It provides your kid vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, thiamin, and niacin. Vitamin A helps boost eyesight. Vitamin E maintains brain health and improves memory. Vitamin C helps to have healthy and spotless skin. It’s safe to say that eating avocado helps boost the overall development.
Ensures Healthy Bones And Good Hemoglobin
Avocado is an excellent source of various minerals. It provides kids minerals, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron, phosphorous, and zinc. Calcium and potassium help to develop strong and healthy bones and tissues. Iron ensures good hemoglobin count and prevents the risk of anemia in kids.
Supplies Unsaturated Fats
Avocado is a rich source of unsaturated (good) fats, which ensures smooth and effective functioning of cerebral and visual functions in kids. About 25% to 30% of calories in kids come from unsaturated fats. So eating avocado is highly beneficial for their health.
Various studies reveal that avocados possess antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. So including avocados in your kid’s diet helps protect her from various infections and ailments.
Avocados are rich in minerals, fats, and vitamins that aid smooth digestion. Nutrients in the fruit of avocado are effective in regulating irritable stomach walls or acidity in kids.
Avocado protects your kid’s liver from liver damage and ailments, such as jaundice and hepatitis. Adding the fruit to their diet helps keep all liver functions smooth and ensures the good health of the liver.
The fruit of avocado possesses antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals in your kid’s body and prevent the risk of cell and tissue damage and DNA damage due to free radicals. So, ensure they get the right amount of avocado in their diet.
Inflammations that occur due to pathogens, infections, and tissue damage are quite common in kids. Avocados help to minimize the inflammation and ensure good health.
So, the most important question, how do you get your kids to eat this health beneficial fruit? Try one of these various recipes for toddlers and older children. If you have a baby who is just starting solid foods, based on recommendations from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the avocado’s smooth and creamy consistency makes it an appropriate first food a baby can enjoy.