Hello everyone, I've finally got round to joining mumsnet, my main motivation being to seek some help with this problem. Loads of parents I know can not get their children to eat fruit, my problem is the opposite, mine are eating far too many apples (4 - 5 a day) and I am really concerned about the acid eroding their teeth. My eldest (7 year old DS) is causing me the most concern as he is starting to loose his baby teeth and they are obviously worn from apple eating, I am keen to ensure that he does not damage his adult teeth. I am not sure what to offer as a low fat and healthy alternative especially as my 5 year old DD appears to have a much slower metabolism than my DS and could be prone to putting on weight. They are all allowed one banana a day and eat that too.. My two year old DD is following suit so I am really keen to find a solution soon.
I am sorry to suggest that there could be anything wrong with eating so much fruit, but the question that comes to my mind is "why are they so hungry?" Do you give then enough breakfast? Snacking is either greed or to fill a gap. Apples are nice (I love them) but I don't think I like them enough to gorge on them greedily. Raspberries on the other hand.....
Thanks folks. I would not say that the kids are greedy or bored. They are very active and just requiring energy. They all eat 3 healthy and pretty sizeable meals a day and do not have access to any junk food (crisps, sweets etc).
Aworrying trend - thanks for your helpful response, they love peppers, carrots and cucumber so I think I'll start preparing a tub of 'sticks' and pop them in the fridge daily for them to help themselves to when they are hungry
I have heard that the biting into a whole apple can erode the front teeth as the teeth scrape down the sugary inside of the apple. Chopping it would help avoid the issue although would be a bit more work