There dried fruit it is a full part of ours Mediterranean diet, a UNESCO heritage site and notoriously one of the healthiest and most balanced diets in the world. Yet according to one
a research conducted byINRAN (National Research Institute for Food and Nutrition) consumption of dried fruit, especially in preschool age, stands at levels far below those recommended by the Mediterranean Diet. Nucis Italia, as part of the “Dried fruit is well-being” project, has chosen to carry out a campaign to demonstrate that dried fruit can prove to be a valuable component in the children’s diet.
For too long, dried fruit has been considered a type of food not to be introduced into the diet of young children, especially due to the risk of awareness raising in the first years of life. However, there is no scientific evidence to confirm that introducing dried fruit into children’s diets later in life can have a protective effect against possible allergies.
On the contrary, it has been observed that, with the necessary precautions and on an appropriate pediatric indication, dried fruit, especially if of good quality, is a fundamental ingredient in the growth path of the little ones, as it can contribute to the daily intake. of useful substances useful for the heart and mind such as:
Furthermore, its flavor and its adaptability make it a very popular snack for children already during weaning.
According to Transcultural Food Pyramid promoted by the Italian Society of Pediatrics, it is advisable to consume a portion of dried fruit per day.
In very young children, of 4 or 5 years, nuts could be dangerous due to the risk of suffocation, however they can be reduced into small pieces, by mincing them or sewing them into flour.
Come on five years onwards, dried fruit, in association with a portion of milk or yogurt, can be considered an ideal and complete snack, even to be consumed at school.