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Power Packed for Kids

Mushrooms are brimming with vitamins and minerals essential for the development of growing kiwi kids. Just a handful of mushrooms provides over 20% of their daily recommended dose of minerals including copper, phosphorus and selenium as well as a range of essential B vitamins

Kid-friendly vitamins & minerals in 100g of Meadow Mushrooms*

Vitamins

Niacin (B3)

More than 30% of their daily requirement

·  Helps to absorb and release energy from food

·  Helps control cholesterol levels

·  Important for nervous system and digestive health

Pantothenic acid

Over 30% of their daily requirement

 

·  Helps process carbohydrate, fat and protein for energy

·  Involved in the formation of fatty acids and cholesterol

·  Contributes to production of signalling molecules in the brain

Riboflavin

Over 80% of their daily requirement

·  Important for growth and repair of tissues, especially the skin and eyes

·  Helps release energy from food

·  Helps the body use iron

Vitamin B6

Roughly 50% of their daily requirement

 

·  Helps process protein and carbohydrate

·  Assists in making red blood cells

·  Important for brain function and immune system health.

MINERALS

Copper

Nearly a third of their daily requirement

 

·  Helps the body use with iron which plays many essential roles

·  Assists with the functioning of the immune system

·  Helps with structure of joints

·  Protects cells from free radical damage

Phosphorus

Around 20% of their daily requirement

·  Works with calcium in the formation of strong healthy bones and teeth

·  Helps the body to store and use energy

Potassium

Over 10% of their daily requirement

 

·  Controls nerve impulses and muscle contractions

·  Helps maintain fluid balance

Selenium

Over three quarters of their daily requirement

·  Controls nerve impulses and muscle contractions

·  Helps maintain fluid balance

*The recommended daily intakes on food labels are based on the needs of adults rather than kids. These values are based on the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Nutrient Reference Values for children aged 4-8 years.

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Vital for life

Vitamin means ‘vital for life’. Your child needs lots of essential vitamins and minerals for their growth and development - including vitamins A, B group, C, D and E and minerals such as calcium, iron, iodine, selenium and zinc. These nutrients help a child to grow, to see, to make bones, muscles, skin and organs, and lots of other things too. Deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals can lead to serious problems.

The best way to ensure your child gets the nutrients they need is to provide a wide variety of fresh foods, such as mushrooms, in their diet. Our bodies absorb vitamins, minerals and other nutrients better when they come from food, rather than from vitamin and mineral supplements.

**Parent tip for fussy eaters: Finely chopping 100 grams of mushrooms into your next bolognaise, cottage pie or lasagne is an easy way to sneak a massive amount of nutrients into your kids’ diet! And best of all, with mushrooms’ ‘meaty’ consistency and savoury taste, fussy kids won’t even know they’re there!