Canned fruit and vegetables are the best source of vitamin B12 for infants and young children, according to new research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The new research shows that a variety of fruits and vegetables can be a healthy alternative to baked goods that contain gluten, sugars and high-fructose corn syrup.
The study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed data from the National Institutes of Health, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find out which fruits and veggies are the most beneficial for infants, toddlers and young kids.
The research also found that healthy, wholesome and whole foods such as berries, carrots, kale, green beans, tomatoes and sweet potatoes, are also healthy foods.
They are also packed with vitamin B 12 and B 12 from other foods, according the study.
The researchers found that, among the fruits and veg, cherries and blueberries are among the healthiest and most nutritious choices.
“We think that these fruits and vegetable choices are a great starting point for people to get more of their daily recommended vitamin B-12 intake,” said Jennifer M. Johnson, an associate professor of nutrition at Johns Hopkins and the study’s senior author.
“We have a lot of evidence to show that kids need more than a few servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.”
For example, if a child is not getting enough vitamin B, there is a risk they will be less able to absorb the B-1 and B-2 that are necessary for proper functioning of the immune system and nervous system, Johnson said.
The U.K.-based research team looked at data from more than 5,300 adults who were followed for at least six months.
They also looked at more than 10,000 children.
Researchers tested the results of 1,527 adults and 1,716 children for vitamin B 6 and vitamin B 13 , the two B- vitamin compounds that are required for proper function of the body.
Researchers found that a person who ate two servings of fruit and a vegetable a day had a lower risk of developing allergies than those who ate just one serving of fruit or a vegetable.
The people who ate fruits and a lot also had a higher rate of allergy symptoms, the researchers found.
The children who ate fruit and veggies had the highest risk.
The results also showed that the amount of vitamin C in fruits and the amount in vegetables, berries and other whole foods were more important for vitamin C absorption.
Vitamin C is found in green vegetables, strawberries, kale and beans, and it is one of the most important B- vitamins.
People who ate the highest amounts of whole grains had lower risk factors for allergies, the research found.
The researchers also found foods with the highest amount of fruits were also more nutritious and that children who grew up on the Mediterranean diet and who ate more vegetables, fruits and whole grain foods had lower rates of allergy and inflammatory bowel disease than children who were raised on the Western diet.
For example: The Mediterranean diet includes a wide range of fruits including blueberries, apples, avocados, berries, grapes, plums, strawberries and strawberries.
The Western diet includes fresh vegetables, whole grains, whole-grain breads and breads made from whole grains such as brown rice, pasta and whole-wheat pasta.
The authors said the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
“However, our findings are important because they provide new insights into how children’s diets and immune system function may differ depending on the source of their food intake,” Johnson said in a statement.
“Further research is needed to identify the specific components of foods that are best for children and adolescents and to determine whether other foods with similar nutritional profiles are equally good.”