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Strawberries in children’s 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 May 20, 2023

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Strawberries are one of the most favorite spring fruits for young and old.

  • They can be introduced into the infant 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.
  • Contrary to what we used to believe, strawberries do not belong to allergenic foods, so there is no need for the three-day, but one-day introduction is sufficient.
  • After consuming them, some children may experience redness around the mouth, as well as in the diaper area. Be aware that the above symptoms are not an allergic reaction and usually go away gradually on their own.
  • They have a high content of vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system and contributes to the absorption of iron.
  • They contain vitamin B9 (folic acid), which is essential for the conception and development of the fetus.
  • They contain sugars, which give energy to the child’s body.
  • They are rich in fiber, which favors the proper functioning of the gastrointestinal system.
  • They are an excellent source of manganese and potassium intake.
  • They have a protective role for heart function.
  • They have a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect.
  • Choose strawberries with a bright red color, that are not bruised and their leaflets are not wilted.
  • Do not pay attention to the asymmetry of the shape of the fruit, but avoid strawberries of very large size, which indicate the use of fertilizers.
  • Wash the fruit very well before using it so you have less risk of exposure to pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Prefer organically grown strawberries.