6 myths about children's nutrition

We hear from all sides various reports on proper nutrition. In order not to get lost in this information, it is worth remembering a few rules, thanks to which we will provide the child with an appropriate diet and thus healthy development.

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There are several myths about children's food consumption that are now debunked. Thanks to this, the mistakes that we sometimes make will be eliminated.

There are many myths about child nutrition (123RF)

Myth 1: Children should eat clean at all times. Forcing your child to eat can lead to negative attitudes towards eating, eating disorders and being overweight. The role of the parent should be to provide the child with healthy food, but not to completely dictate the amount to be eaten. Everything must be in accordance with his natural needs.

Myth 2: Picky kids should have separate meals. Not quite. A better solution would be to organize a buffet. Instead of putting the whole dish on the plate for your child, you can give him a chance to independently choose vegetables, meat and bread.

It is also worth considering serving a meal that everyone likes at least once a day and adding a new element to it on a regular basis.

Myth 3: You have to hide vegetables on your plate. This, of course, provides an extra dose of vitamins and minerals, but the child is consciously unaware of the benefits of eating them. Maybe it is worth thinking about creating interesting vegetable symbols or combinations on the plate?

Also, don't forget that your child will be more likely to eat vegetables if they see that you are doing it too.

Will the beautiful appearance of food increase the child's appetite? (123RF)

Myth 4: We should only buy fresh produce. Many products, such as beans and other canned vegetables and frozen fruit, also deserve attention. Minimally processed, low in salt and sugar, they make a good part of your diet.

Myth 5: Children should get snacks often. Of course, our kids can get snacks, but not too much. Three meals and one snack a day will suffice for children. When the child gets hungry, it is worth offering him vegetables or fruit.

If the child becomes hungry just by the time of setting the table, he will learn to follow his appetite and eat the portions that are optimal for him.

Myth 6: Children should be bought lots of juices.

Of course, the better option is to give your children the whole fruit as they will get more fiber and fewer calories. Unless you are juicing yourself at home.

For example, a medium apple has 95 kcal and 4.4 g of fiber, while a glass of apple juice can contain 125 kcal and 0.5 g of fiber. However, it should be emphasized that recently, the rules for the production of juices have been tightened and the law does not allow to add any preservatives, flavors or dyes to them.

However, it is worth encouraging children to eat fruit and vegetables from the beginning, because in the future it will be difficult for parents to persuade them to eat it.


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