Fruit Sugar Content March 06 2016, 1 Comment

Fruit is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre which is incredibly beneficial to our bodies and should be included in our little one's diets. Fruit can also contain relatively high levels of sugar which has recently caused concern.

At Nom Nom Kids we advise to mix fruits with vegetables to keep the sugar content of smoothies and purees at a lower level than serving fruit alone. We also advise to select fruit wisely and mix small volumes of the high sugar fruits with larger volumes of the low sugar fruits so your little one is getting plenty of nutrients without too many sugars.

Smoothies and Purees are a great snack for your toddlers and kids particularly if they do not like to eat whole fruits or even vegetables. A recommended portion of fruit smoothie for a young child is 150ml.  Don't be tempted to give large portions of smoothies as these will greatly increase the amount of sugar in their diet. Mixing vegetables into the smoothies will allow you to serve larger portions though!

Use this simple table to help you make wise choices when mixing your little one's smoothies or making fruit purees for weaning. Sugar content is listed in grams per 100g of edible fruit.

Remember also to check the ingredients listing on yogurts, pudding, purees and smoothies that you buy so you can make sensible choices for yourself and your  little ones.

Remember: 4g = 1 teaspoon of sugar

sugar content of popular fruits

the information in this table was taken from www.thepaleodiet.com and compiled using the Nutritionist V Database