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Fruits in infant nutrition by Dr. Alexandra Kosmarikou

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Graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Parma, Italy

Postgraduate Degrees: Postgraduate Diploma of Specialization Level II “Nutrition in Childhood” awarded by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Parma, Italy with a grade of “Excellent”

Medical specialty: Pediatric Specialist (Medical Specialty Title, Pediatric License)

Associations in which she is a member: Medical Association of Patras, Hellenic Pediatric Society, Hellenic Society of Homeopathic Medicine

Dr. Alexandra Kosmarikou March 11, 2023

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  • Fruit can be included in the baby’s diet from the beginning of the introduction of solid foods (ideally from the sixth month of life), either in ground form or in pieces cut appropriately.
  • They are initially offered at breakfast at 11 am. or at the afternoon meal.
  • Prefer ripe and soft fruits that are in season and, ideally, organically grown.
  • If you give pieces, cook the hardest fruits (e.g. apple) for a few minutes in steam (around 5′, depending on the fruit) or in a saucepan with a little water, until they soften.
  • You can introduce a new fruit every day as the only new ingredient in the infant’s diet.
  • Start with simple and sweet flavors (eg banana). Do not only offer sweet fruits because the baby accepts them more easily, but also sour ones (eg orange, kiwi).
  • In the fruit cream, introduce each new fruit on its own and not in combination with an “old” one, so that the baby comes into contact with the authentic taste of the food. Babies who eat bits by themselves anyway
    otherwise they receive the flavors separately.
  • Do not add sugar. Fruits already contain the necessary sugars that give the body the energy it needs.
  • You can enhance the nutritional value of the meal by adding nuts (in grated form or in the form of butter) to the fruit cream or to the pieces of fruit. You can also create a flavored cream with cereals (eg oats) and ground fruit or pieces of fruit.
  • Fruits must be a daily component of the infant’s diet.