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As a parent I want to ensure that my four year old Olly is getting all the vitamins and nutrients that he needs to ensure his continued development and growth. But sometimes, even with best intentions, four year olds can be stubborn little monkeys and refuse to eat a healthy balanced diet that you put in front of them.
Usually Olly is a good eater and will happily eat his vegetables, a small selection of fruits and will drink plenty of water and squash but even with a varied diet, he may be lacking in vital vitamins. I’ve been working with Petits Filous over the last few weeks to discover how little Vitamin D our children are getting and why it’s really important that they get their daily allowance.
What is Vitamin D and why is it important?
Vitamin D is also known as the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ as it is made by the reaction of sunlight on the skin and is the main source of vitamin D for our children. Living in the UK, we can never rely on the Great British Summer and sunshine is never a given especially in the summer months. Additionally, another main source of vitamin D is via our children’s diet or dietary supplements.
It’s important to ensure children are getting enough vitamin D as this helps support healthy bones, teeth and muscles. All of which are continually used every day through daily play, eating and sleeping.
What foods contain Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is naturally found in a small number of foods such as oily fish, red meat and egg yolks. Olly doesn’t eat much red meat and will refuse oily fish completely (unfortunately just like his Mummy). It’s also found in fortified foods such as breakfast cereals and fat spreads as well as fortified dairy products such as yogurts and fromage frais such as Petits Filous.
How much Vitamin D does my child need?
According to a recent UK scientific review, Public Health England advises that everyone over four years old needs an average daily intake of 10 micrograms of vitamin D to help support healthy bones, teeth and muscles. As much as we’d love to send the children out in the sunshine (when it appears) all day, it’s essential to ensure they don’t burn so covering them up and using a SPF50 sun protection cream will help. There’s a fine balance of ensuring they’re getting their enough vitamin D through the sunshine but being mindful of the risks sun exposure can have.
So how can eating a Petits Filous help?
Petits Filous are a fantastic source of calcium and vitamin D which are both essential for normal growth and development of bones in children. Over the last ten years, the nutrient profile of Petits Filous has been improved reducing the sugar content and increasing the vitamin D levels.
They’re also made with 100% naturally sourced ingredients with no artificial sweeteners, artificial colours, artificial flavours or added preservatives, they’re a great choice to offer children as a snack or as part of a meal.
Just two small pots (or one bigger pot) contains 50% of the recommended daily allowance per portion meaning that children eating Petits Filous will get half of their daily vitamin D.
Olly is a huge Petits Filous fan. He always finishes his lunch with a pot of strawberry fromage frais and regularly asks for a pot after his dinner in the evening. Not only are they available in small and bigger pots, but they’re available in pouches too which means I can pop one in his bag whenever he’s off to the park with his Nan and Grandad and he’s got a great snack that he can enjoy whenever he fancies it (they can be kept out of the fridge for up to five hours too). Knowing that Olly is getting most of his recommended daily allowance of vitamin D from such a yummy pot of goodness is reassuring, we just need the sun to appear and do it’s bit, more often!
Of course, you don’t just have to enjoy Petits Filous as a standard fromage frais straight from the fridge, they can be made into ice lollies, fruit and jelly desserts as well as frozen fromage frais treats too!
Disclosure: I’m working with Petits Filous and BritMums in a paid relationship promoting the #PetitsFilousGoodness campaign about the importance of vitamin D in our children’s diets. Visit www.petitsfilous.co.uk for more information