Vitamin ABCs: Vitamin A

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Vitamins and minerals are an important part of the total nutritional needs of your little one. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that healthy children receiving a well balanced diet do not need vitamin supplements. Here are some great tips from Dr. Deena about how to get Vitamin A into your little one’s diet.

Why is Vitamin A important?

Vitamin A is important for a healthy immune system and for maintaining good eye health. Vitamin A also promotes healthy bone growth and promotes the health of cells particularly in the hair, nails and skin.

 

How much Vitamin A does my child need?

Recommended amounts per day:
• Children 6-12 months: 500mcg
• Children ages 1-3 years: 300mcg
• Children ages 4-8 years: 400mcg
• Children ages 9-13 years: 600mcg

What are good sources of Vitamin A?

Orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and squash are good sources of Vitamin A as well as green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach and kale. Other sources of Vitamin A include liver and egg yolks.

What Ella’s Kitchen® products are good sources of Vitamin A for your little one?

Try apples carrots + parsnips or apple sweet potatoes pumpkin + blueberries! For older children try making carrot or pumpkin muffins. You can find recipe inspiration in the Ella’s Kitchen® Big Red Cookbook, Yellow Baking Book and First Tastes Cookbook for healthy and fun options for all ages to enjoy!

Sources

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/#en5
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Where-We-Stand-Vitamins.aspx