Food Phases

My 5-year-old son won’t eat anything but apples. He wants them for every meal exclusively. Is this normal?

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

Kids will often find a food they enjoy and stick with it almost exclusively for a while. Apples and other fruits and vegetables are great choices.

The biggest problem from apples might be loose stools. There are times that a child’s cravings do seem related to nutrients they need, but more often it seems to be that the sensation of the foods is comforting, pleasing and familiar.

If his stools are fine and he gets a multivitamin (just in case he is missing something) and he gets some protein every day, I don’t see a reason to worry.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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