Fruit in Mouth
While flowers and cards have traditionally been the staple gifts during Mother’s Day, fruit (in the form of bouquets or even in its natural packaging) has been growing in popularity. This is actually not a surprising development, given the natural goodness of fruits in terms of both taste and health benefits. The fact that pre-packed fruit baskets can now readily be found in major supermarkets is a testament to their popularity.
While the benefits can vary greatly according to the specific fruit type, fruits are known to contain many important nutrients.
1. Calcium, for example, is a mineral that is used by the body to give bones strength. It can be found in oranges, limes, lemons, papaya and grapefruit, among others.
2. The body uses magnesium to keep bones healthy; in fact, it is involved in more than 300 enzymes in the body! Papayas, raspberries, strawberries and watermelons all contain magnesium.
3. Fiber is another beneficial substance present in most fruits, and it slows the absorption rate of sugar into the bloodstream, aids in digestion and even decreases the risk of developing heart disease.
4. Many fruits are rich in vitamins, which are essential for your child’s well-being. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, for example, are found in commonly available fruits such as apples, bananas, pears and pineapples.