Helping your clients and patients navigate the early years with baby can be daunting. New mothers, with a desire to make baby happy during the transition into solid foods and to ensure that baby is getting all the necessary nutrients, might find themselves overwhelmed by the prospect of figuring out how and what to feed their babies.
Take out the guesswork with this easy-to-navigate, quick visual reference about the health benefits of avocados for babies when introducing them early in life. Avocados stand out among other popular fruits in that they deliver five essential nutrients for toddlers (ages 1-3) — fiber (2 grams), vitamin C (2 milligrams), magnesium (10 milligrams), folate (20 micrograms), and vitamin K (5 micrograms) per 25-gram serving. A fun and effortless tool, this guide explains how avocados start nutrition right.
Nutrient-Dense Avocados Pack a Punch
A benefit of avocados for babies and toddlers is that they are a sugar-free healthy choice that contributes 2.5 grams of monounsaturated fat and 0.5 gram of polyunsaturated fat per 25-gram serving to a children’s diet. Preparing delicious, homemade foods using avocados and other healthy options like mangoes, strawberries, pears and squash helps broaden children’s palates and open the gateway into enjoying fruits and vegetables for a lifetime. Observational studies have demonstrated later health benefits of early nutrition choices when infants consumed higher amounts of fruits and/or vegetables, such as better body weights1, lower blood pressure2, lower risk of stroke3 and some cancers4 as well as overall higher fruit and vegetable intake5. Future research on ideal infant and toddler foods, including avocado, is warranted to further explore their potential in both early life and later-life health outcomes.