I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas...

Turns out it's not just Raffi who likes apples and bananas.  A just published study in the journal Pediatrics revealed how much kids eat these fruits - apples alone are nearly one-fifth of all fruit intake; apples, apple juice, citrus juice and bananas make up almost half of kids' total fruit consumption.  Apple consumption is even higher for 6-11 year olds (compared to 2-5 year olds).

The authors also found that about half of kids' fruit intake comes from whole fruit yet over one-third comes from 100% fruit juice, with over 40% of those under five getting their fruit in this form.  That's a lot of unnecessary sugar, and without the benefit of fiber from whole fruit.

Dole's 100% apple juice contains 24g of sugar per bottle.

Dole's 100% apple juice contains 24g of sugar per bottle.

It also shows a lack of variety.  Although our kids are generally meeting recommended fruit intake guidelines, we're not getting as much nutrition as we can.  The FDA has a great fact sheet on the nutrition information available in a variety of fruits.   Produce for a Better Health Foundation has an entire fruit database - check it out to discover the nutrients found in some of your favorites.  Aim for a rainbow!