Eat some fruit: it’s yum and healthier to boot

Fruit lovers Michael and Rikaya Kelk visited the Warwick Farmers Markets to grab a few tasty treats.
Fruit lovers Michael and Rikaya Kelk visited the Warwick Farmers Markets to grab a few tasty treats. Kerri Burns-Taylor

PARENTS are putting fruit snacks in the too-hard basket instead of the shopping basket, with less than half of our kids getting enough fruit each day.

A new report by Australian Pineapples found that a quarter of parents said the reason they didn't provide a fresh fruit snack each day was because it was too difficult. A further 15% said their children didn't like the taste.

Warwick youngsters Azaria, 8, and Elijah Farrawell, 4, are two children bucking the trend of the fruit-fearing generation.

"I have fruit every day at lunch time," Azaria said.

"My favourite are mangoes and bananas because they are yummy and make you healthy."

Queensland Health recommends children aged 4-7 eat two serves of fruit each day.

One serve equals one medium-sized piece of fruit such as an apple, banana, mango or orange or two smaller fruits, such as plums and apricots.

Eight strawberries, 20 grapes or cherries or a quarter of a melon would also do the trick.

Australian Pineapples ambassador and leading nutritionist Joanna McMillan said healthy eating habits could lower a child's risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer later in life. "Eating a healthy diet including fresh fruits such as pineapples is important for a child's growth and development," she said.

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