Here at DDHQ our fabby nutritionist Kimmy holds a Twitter chat every Thursday at 11am! Feel free to ask her anything nutrition/allergy related and she will do her best to help you. If you’re on Twitter join in on the conversation by tweeting @DribbleDelights and using the hashtag #AskKimmy. Or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a round up of what we learned last Thursday!
‘Is dried fruit good for you and is it okay to give to my toddler?’
‘Dried fruit contains lots of vitamins and minerals and approximately 30g is equal to one of your five a day (for adults). However dried fruit is highly concentrated in sugar and many add sugar. We actually found one brand in which the dried cranberries were only 30% cranberries!
Many also add sulphites which act as a preservative however sulphites are a common allergen.
Dried fruit is also less filling than fresh fruit and it can be easy to ‘over do it’ (after all they are very yummy).
Dried fruit is also very sticky and this alongside the sugar content can be damaging to teeth. It is best like all sugary foods to eat this shortly after meal.
‘I have heard mixed things about soluble fibre, should it be encouraged in my families diet or not?’
Soluble fibre can slow down digestion in the gut. This can make you feel fuller for longer and prevents snacking and taking in extra calories during the day.
Soluble fibre increased the viscosity of the food therefore some nutrients such as sugar and fat are not as rapidly absorbed. As fibre decreases the rate of sugar and fat being absorbed it has a beneficial effect on blood sugars and cholesterol.
This fibre also stimulates ‘good’ colonic bacteria which has many health benefits however it can also cause increased gas production.
There is some concern about fibre binding to minerals but these can be released and absorbed in the colon.
‘I heard that sodium is stored around the bone. I know there are risks to a diet high in sodium but does it protect bone?’
Approximately 30-40% of sodium is stored around the bone. However it does not protect the bone. Many studies have found that a diet that is high in sodium increases urinary calcium secretion which may be detrimental to bone health.