Fruit and carbs

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Fruit and carbs

Postby ChristmasGift » 19 Jan 2016, 19:42

Do you apply any limits to how much of these your child eats?

We have a fruit bowl and pretty much let the Babs eat as much fruit as she likes - which is a lot. I know fruit is good and full of vitamins etc but should I be worrying about the sugar?

Less worried about the carbs but she does eat loads of pasta and would have it twice a day if I let her. Which I don't (most days anyway :? ). Again, does anyone with more knowledge than I have think carbs should be limited in children? I mostly buy wholemeal rice and pasta.
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby Treeb » 19 Jan 2016, 19:55

I only limit fruit based on if we run out of something or if I'm saving it for another day.

Carbs I don't really limit.

The only "limit" I might place is if he's eating only one part of a meal and has already eaten a ton of it I might ask him to try a bite or two of the other things on his plate before I give him another serving.
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby yorkshirepudding » 19 Jan 2016, 20:17

Moo is asking for fruit a bit less now, but if I left it out he would demolish it I think! Especially grapes and clementines. he has banana and sultanas with breakfast, usually a piece of fruit after lunch and dinner, and probably a fruit snack. Any less and he gets constipated but if he ate more he probably wouldn't eat meals! I think the 5 a day thing (or is it 7 now?) is supposed to be weighted towa da veg over fruit because of the sugar. I occasionally remember to save some roast veg and offer that as a snack eg carrots and parsnips, happening more now that E is eating that kind of thing.

Carbs wise he loves bread so I limit that. Usually porridge for breakfast. I reckon if you're getting whole grain it's not giving a carb rush so she's not eating it for that, and like Treeb says, if she's having some protein/ veg as well, maybe she just uses those carbs!
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby StJuniper » 19 Jan 2016, 20:27

I wouldn't limit fruit. From what I've read, mostly it seems to be added sugar that's recommended to restrict, not naturally occurring sugars. (Like Treeb, I limit if I don't want all the fruit to disappear on the day I buy it...)

Carbs? If they're healthy whole grains, again, I'd let them go for it. If it was refined, I'd limit.
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby Raktajino » 19 Jan 2016, 21:23

My little lady is just the same. She ate a banana and a clementine on the way home from school today. Then polished off another banana, an apple and a peach before tea. Had grapes for pudding!

We leave the fruit bowl out and she helps herself. The only limit is by the end of the week we've run out!

She loves carbs too, pasta, rice, bread, potatoes, she would eat only the carbs from her meals if we didn't ask her to try the other things on her plate. I do restrict the amount of carbs I serve her and only give her a second helping once shes had a good go at the rest of her meal
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby mamapup » 19 Jan 2016, 21:42

We do pretty much what's been said above too. Bananas are our "you didn't eat supper but are hungry" dull food here too. Cereal is only porridge or weetabix and we only have brown bread so I don't mind if they go nuts on pasta or rice every now and again. Quite frankly it's a quick easy supper to hand them a big bowl of pasta!

Our fruit bowl is also available and except the periods wheb they eat three and a half bananas each every now and again they're pretty good at self regulating. Now if only I could persuade them to share that last banana than waste two halves...
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby LucyLastic » 19 Jan 2016, 21:44

I do limit fruit to about three to four servings per day - C usually has a banana and some dry fruit in cereal at breakfast, so she might have a piece of fruit after lunch and maybe chopped fruit with yoghurt after dinner. I try to avoid giving her sweet stuff between meals because of the impact on her teeth.
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby DianeCooper » 18 Feb 2016, 11:53

Yes, there should not be excess of anything, whether it is fruits or carb for children. Everything should be given to children with appropriate quantity.
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby Kitcameron » 18 Feb 2016, 13:41

Ah but where's the rib, with blw aren't we supposed to let them decide the quantity. Maybe not when it come s to chocolate etc but with fruit and carbs at any rate.

That said I do worry about how much my kids eat for breakfast in the carb line lol.
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby Crisi » 21 Feb 2016, 04:33

I think by the time they are getting to be 2 or 3, parents sometimes have to help remind them that too much of one thing isn't always good for their belly :) I know with BLW its a lot about letting them make their own choices, and so just putting out "good choices" helps, but as they get a little older they have to learn the meaning of moderation! Mine tends to ask for a balanced amount of snacks/dinner, but I do tend to have lose rules like only one bag of bunny crackers a day (her current favorite) or two oranges is enough, lets find another fruit to eat.

As for carbs, see if you can at least make sure that the carbs they are a good mix of higher fiber stuff. I try to mix half and half whole wheat/regular pasta or I just got some awesome black bean pasta that is super high in fiber that we combined with our regular linguine. Bread is mostly high fiber, I try to get snacks that are less processed, just so that if it is a pasta day, I feel okay about the pasta she is eating :)
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby Kitcameron » 04 Mar 2016, 19:03

How many carbs does SPAM have in it
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Re: Fruit and carbs

Postby EnigmaFish » 04 Mar 2016, 22:01

CG, will you please print the spammer's post out for the babs when she is grown up? It's... comprehensive.
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