When it comes to children, it is most important to understand their nutritional needs and work towards supplementing their diets accordingly!
Every parent wants to give something to their child the best in all. Be it study or food, and it is a constant struggle for the parents to provide the child with what is essential for their growth. When talking about children and their health, the first thing that comes to mind is making sure they eat properly and get the nutrition they need all their lives. However, with this constant search for the best, it is common for parents to believe in different concepts that can be incredibly wrong for children and their health.
It is imperative to nullify these myths to understand the real effects of proper nutrition on their health. From feeding every single time to many "healthy" foods that can counteract your child's health. There are some misconceptions that need to be addressed immediately for the child's health and well-being.
At the National Nutrition Week 2019, we bring you five common nutritional myths that can affect your child's health:
Child knows what it has to eat
Children have taste preferences, but no special food choices. They like whatever their taste buds like. It is also common for children to become dependent on junk or unhealthy foods. This is the time when it is easy for parents to develop certain eating habits in children.
To give them the habit of eating anything that is healthy and less exciting, eat with them and offer them a variety of nutritional options to add to their mood. You may need to be a little innovative if you want to give your child the right nutrition for their health. Take her shopping and let her choose what looks good for her. Growing colors and variety in grocery stores stir children up so they become more involved in eating habits. Do not force them and do not push them to eat certain foods they do not like. Take it slowly. Make them gradually interested in just those ingredients and flavors.
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Frequent food is necessary for a healthy body
It's a myth that most parents believe in! If you give your child more food than necessary, this will counteract gravity in this case. In many cases, this can lead to various health problems, including obesity. Important growth factors in children are all. A snack without reason can be harmful to your health. Well-rounded meals are essential, which can benefit the growth of a child.
Fruit juice is essential
Fruit juice is indeed a health-promoting option. However, it can not replace the benefits of the whole fruit. Whole fruits are high in fiber. When we give the child juice, we end up losing the pulp, which is the whole and only fiber content of the fruit. It's best to give your child a whole fruit than their juice to maintain their nutrients.
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More Sugar Mans More Of Energy
It is a clear myth that too much sugar can be extremely harmful to your health. Sugar addiction is one of the main reasons why children ingest too much sugar. In addition, this addiction can lead to behavioral changes, including mood swings, and so on.
Disguise Healthy Eating
Parents often hide several vegetables in their child's food so they eat everything. Here, however, the whole concept of understanding the meaning of the food is lost. Let your child eat with you and tell them about the health benefits of each vegetable on the plate. In this way, the child understands the benefits and asks for a specific vegetables according to his wishes. Do not just put food in their mouths, but tell them how important it is to eat all that.
Contributed by Meenal Arora, Founding Director, Shemford & Shemrock Group of Schools
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