Q. Should kids eat nuts?
Nuts are a fantastic, healthy, tasty snack choice for kids. Not only are they a great way of getting minerals and vitamins into your child’s diet, they are a natural source of protein and fibre which is important for children’s physical development and wellbeing. They are also naturally low in sugar and salt.
Q. What health benefits are there for kids from eating nuts?
Nuts are highly nutritious snack for children and contain lots of minerals to aid child development. They also contain good fats, which are not only an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet, but they also help the body to absorb much-needed vitamins.
Q. Are nuts parts of your 5-a-day?
While nuts are not considered one of your 5-a-day, they are widely recommended as part of a healthy diet because of their nutritional benefits for children’s growth and development.
Q. What age should kids be introduced to nuts?
Whole nuts shouldn’t be offered to children under the age of 5 years without supervision, because of the risk of choking, however chopped/halved nuts, ground nuts and nut butters are all fine to offer children as a snack. For younger children, NHS guidelines state that it is ok to feed them nuts in butter or crushed from around 6 months of age as long as there is no history of food allergies or other allergies in the family.
Q. How often should I give my kids nuts and can I ever give them too many?
Like many snack products, it is important to monitor how much you give your child and how often to ensure that they do not negatively impact on their diet. Whilst nuts contain ‘good fats’ it’s a good idea to not to eat too many of them, but in moderation kids can be given a small handful (roughly 20g) of nuts as part of the daily diet.
Q. What if they have a peanut allergy, are they safe?
As a precaution it is recommended that you speak with your GP if your child has an allergy to peanuts or any other food before introducing your child to any other nut products. While nut allergies can be very serious, only 2% of children are affected, with most allergic to peanuts specifically, which means for the majority of kids they are a great option. As a precaution if you are giving your child nuts to eat outside of the home, be aware that others may have a nut allergy and always ask before giving them to your child as a snack.
Q. How can I know if my kid has an allergy before they eat them?
If you are concerned about a possible allergy or if you have a family history of allergies to nuts, experts advise speaking with your GP beforehand. It may be worth asking your doctor to refer your child to an allergy specialist. A specialist can perform tests to help predict whether or not your child will be allergic.
Q. How can we guarantee peanut free?
We have a dedicated nut factory where we pack Bright Little nuts. This factory does not handle any peanut products ensuring that each pack is peanut free.
Q. Are the products suitable for vegetarians or vegan?
Of course! All products in the Bright Little Nuts range are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Q. Do they contain salt?
Our products are completely unsalted. Nuts are naturally low in salt and a source of vitamins and minerals.
Q. Do they contain sugar?
We do not add salt or sugar to any products in the Bright Little Nuts range, however they do contain small amounts of naturally occurring sugars.
Q. Can I take these to school?
We recommend that you ask a teacher before taking nut products into school.
Q. Can I eat more than one packet a day?
Yes but we recommend that they are consumed in moderation as part of a balanced lifestyle
Q. Where do our products come from?
Our Bright Little cashews are from Vietnam, our Almonds are from USA and our hazelnuts are from Turkey
Q. Where are Bright Little Nuts packed?
We pack our Bright Little Nuts here at Whitworths head office based in Irthlingborough, Northampton