Indonesian people are classified as eating less vegetables and fruits. Basic Health Research Data of 2013 states that 93.5% of the population aged under 10 years do not eat vegetables and fruits as recommended.
In fact, consumption of vegetables and fruits is very important for balanced nutrition of the little one. The World Health Organization (WHO) generally recommends toddlers and school-age children to consume vegetables and fruits as much as 300-400 grams / person / day and adolescents to adults as much as 400-600 grams / person / day. About two-thirds of the recommended amount of consumption is recommended in vegetable portions.
Vegetables and fruits are not children’s favorite foods in general, where statistically this behavior is not only a phenomenon in Indonesia, but in other countries as well.
One reason, bitter or sour taste in fruits and vegetables caused by vitamin C and fiber. In contrast to adults, bitterness is a flavor that is unfamiliar to children. Sweet and salty taste is more familiar because so is the taste of breast milk or intake of MPASI.
According to pediatrician Dr Conny Tanjung SpA (K), as a speaker at talk show Launching Milna Nature Delight (fruit puree in pouch packaging), introducing fruits and vegetables for the little one needs to be done because they contain carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and the fiber the body needs.
“Various meta-analysis studies have demonstrated the positive benefits of vegetables and fruits to prevent and reduce the incidence of obesity and chronic degenerative diseases, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, cancer,” he said.
He added that although vegetables and fruits have an important role, for children, especially at the onset of the provision of MPASI, it is necessary to know some limits on the provision of vegetables and fruits. Because, currently needed energy-dense foods to support rapid growth.
“There is no reference fiber sufficiency in infants under 1 year of age. However, various studies show that exposure to vegetables and fruits repeatedly make the acceptance of vegetables and fruits easier in the future, “he explained.
He emphasized the importance of 1st bite day or the baby’s first feeding moment with complementary foods of milk (meal) and balanced and nutritious meal and snack for the baby’s growth.
“Introduce the child slowly and should eat in a fun way,” said Dr. Conny. Furthermore, the campaign introduces the baby’s first moment of eating regularly held Milna in educating parents. For example, the information provided by the meal should consist of animal or vegetable side dishes and other staple foods that produce energy and are capable of maintaining immunity.
While snacks as a companion meal select rich in vitamins and minerals. In addition, Milna, one of the brands of Kalbe Nutritionals, launched Milna Nature Delight as a solution to how easy to eat little fruits.
“Milna Nature Delight is a fruit puree in pouch packaging that is ideal in introducing fruit flavor easily to the little one early on. Made from 100% original fruit with three varieties of flavor that will be favored with the size and shape of packaging that is comfortable to hold small, very practical to carry and does not contain preservatives or additional sugar, “said Christofer Samuel Lesmana, Brand Manager Milna.
Three flavors offered are carrot apple pumpkin, banana strawberry apple, and apple peach. Helly Oktaviana, Business Unit Head of Nutrition for Infant and Baby Kalbe Nutritionals, also reminded that the optimal delivery of MPASI is not just what should be prepared to meet the nutritional adequacy of the baby, but also when.