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The Healthiest Fruit For Kids, Ranked & Explained By A Nutritionist

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A diet rich in healthy foods is crucial for a child's development. But, as we all know, getting your kiddos to actually eat healthy foods isn't exactly easy. Kids and green veggies don't mix very well! However, most little ones have no problem with eating lots of fruit. The conversation around sugar has changed a lot in recent years, but for the most part, parents are OK with their kids eating natural sugars from fruits and vegetables. Sure beats those added sugars in packaged and processed snacks, right? But is all fruit created equal? Are there some fruits with a higher nutritional value? Here are the best fruits for your kids, ranked by a nutritionist.

If you're looking for fruits that are low in sugar, berries are your best bet!

Raspberries and blackberries are two fruits that have the lowest amount of sugar per serving. Watermelon, kiwi, and papaya are also on the low end of the sugar scale. Or you can go with something with a little tartness, like grapefruit!

While fruit is perfectly healthy for kids and adults, there are some fruits that are higher in sugar.

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Because of the high sugar content in fruit like bananas, grapes, cherries, and mango, you want to pay particular attention to portion size and how much fruit your kiddos are eating every day. But still, better than a processed snack, hands down!

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Fresh fruit is always the better option, but dried fruit can make a healthy snack, too!

The problem with dried fruit is that they're condensed, so they actually contain more sugar per serving than fresh fruit. But they are still a healthy snack option, and are great in homemade trail mix!

Canned fruits are usually kept in heavy syrup, which is loaded with sugar. If you can find a variety of fruit canned in water or its own juices, that's your better option.

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If fruit is so great, what about juice?

Fruit juice should be consumed in moderation. Most contain lots of added sugars, and lack all the good, nutritious fiber that makes whole fruit a great snack for kids. Use it as an occasional treat, but don't make it a regular part of your child's diet.

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