Can I feed my baby kiwifruit?
Once babies get the taste for solid foods, they love to try something new. Every mealtime can be an adventure into the unknown. For parents it can be difficult to navigate all the tips and advice that can be found on the internet. But help is at hand! Below you will find everything you need to know about feeding your baby kiwifruit.
1. You can feed your baby solid foods from around 8 months old
Kiwifruit that is easy to mash or puree is a good choice for infants who are just starting to eat solid foods1,2. What’s more, as your child moves onto finger foods in the months that follow, fresh fruit is great for cutting into bite-sized chunks or strips1,2. However, some types of fruit such as strawberries, oranges or kiwifruit can be quite acidic, so keep an eye out for any signs of a reaction (such as rashes), which can sometimes occur with acidic foods3. For that reason, and especially if your baby has previously shown a reaction to other acidic foods, we suggest introducing kiwifruit into the diet a little later, from 8 – 12 months.
2. Zespri kiwifruit are packed full of nutrients
All parents want to make sure that their children are eating a healthy and balanced diet containing all the vitamins and minerals that their young bodies need. It is common knowledge that fruits and vegetables are some of the best choices around, but did you know just how nutritious the Zespri kiwifruit is? Not only does it contain 16 essential vitamins and minerals (more than almost all common fruits), but it also is source of fibre and potassium and has exceptionally high levels of vitamin C4.
Zespri kiwifruit are also available in organic varieties. When you spot the words ‘Organic Green’ or ‘Organic SunGold’ on your kiwifruit sticker, you can rest assured that the product you are purchasing is 100 % organically grown
3. Zespri kiwifruit makes mealtimes fun
When you’re trying to get your child to try new foods, it’s important to make eating enjoyable. And what is more exciting than splashes of bright yellow and green? The two varieties of Zespri kiwifruit (SunGold and Green) are bursting with as much colour as they are flavour.
4. Preparing kiwifruit for babies and toddlers is easy
If you feel ready to give your baby kiwifruit, then we’ve got the perfect recipe to get you started. Zespri Kiwifruit Mousse is a simple, natural recipe that you can make at home in minutes. Refreshing, nutritious, and full of taste, you may find it’s a dish that also makes its way to the adult table!
- Thomas, B. and Bishop, J. eds. (2007) Manuel of Dietetic Practice. Fourth edition. Blackwell Publishing and the British Dietetic Association
- Your toddler’s first solid foods. Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-toddler/Pages/solid-foods-weaning.aspx (accessed 10 Agosto 2017)
- Lucas J.S. et all. Kiwifruit is a significant allergen and is associated with differing patterns of reactivity in children and adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15248859
- USDA national nutrient database for standard reference (release 28) 2015. Available from: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/ (accessed 9 January 2017)