To give or not to give children fruit and berry juice? And if you give, at what age? Try to understand.
Now doctors recommend starting solid foods with vegetable puree, and then a half a year, and the juice enter into the diet of the child when he does not meshe year.
Why not earlier than the year?
Nataliya Taran, pediatrician-neonatologist, researcher at the Institute of Nutrition Clinic, PhD:
“Juice menu baby may appear after 6 months of life. Their nutritional value is not high, and they can be irritating to the intestines of the child, reinforcing the regurgitation, causing bloating, rumbling, abdominal pain, intermittent soft stools and allergic reactions. Therefore, fruit and vegetable juices in infant formulas preferably not administered before 6 months., And can be regarded as a “desert”.
Juice or nectar? Vegetables or fruits? One fruit or multifruit?
Seeing the package the word “nectar” is not necessarily to put it back on the shelf. Yes nectar – juice is diluted with water, but do nectar, usually from such fruit, which need to add water and / or a sugar syrup. For example, children’s juice from bananas, kiwi, peach too thick, and the juice of cranberries and currants will not work in terms of acidity. And in the nectar of these problems initially resolved.
If you are just starting out to give your child juice, better limited monosostavnymi products – only the apple, only peaches and so on. F. Once the child gets used to the easier option, you can try mixed juices. A mixed juice allows you to combine fruits with vegetables, many of which will not use child – and yet, for example, carrot and orange juice is rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C, and apple-celery – iron and phosphorus.
Add more that are bleached and juices with pulp. Juice with pulp is not that useful, but neosvetlёnnye plum, apricot, peach juices contain vegetable fiber (pectin, cellulose), to help with the children’s constipation. The same healing properties – from vegetable and fruit puree.
What about vitamins and preservatives
At home preservation juices virtually all of their useful properties are lost, c’est la vie. In a sense, the industrial production of juice there is the same: some vitamins are destroyed. But then they are added to the finished product. For example, many infant juice further enriched with vitamins A, B1, B2, B12 and C, as well as calcium.
Children’s juice is usually made on a short-term high-temperature processing technology. Ready juice is subjected to rapid heating and then cooling instantaneous. Then the juice is poured into sterile packaging that protects it from harmful environmental influences. After this heat treatment, the product will not get any fermentation processes – and preservatives, therefore, not necessary.
If you want to give your child juice with natural vitamins of fresh fruit, industrial version will not work: buy a juicer and squeeze fresh juice yourself. To the child began to drink the juice squeezed out of you, you need to dilute it with water (1 to 1). In addition, the “Fresh” is useful only for 30 minutes: then dissolved vitamins, and still weak fermentation begins, that the child may cause stomach upset or poisoning.
Note: even if the packaging of juice in the product Unknown sugar, some sugar there still is. Therefore, the juices should not be abused, and if the child uses them often – not too lazy to check his blood sugar. By the way, since the number of children with diabetes is growing in recent years, the blood sugar is required to check the children’s medical examination.