Many children start eating foods that contain a lot of sugar at a very young age. This causes a child’s taste buds to reduce their sensitivity, so normal food doesn’t seem appealing anymore. There are also foods that children shouldn’t eat because of the physiological characteristics of their body.
We at Bright Side decided to find out how to teach a child to eat healthy food and which seemingly healthy foods they shouldn’t eat at all
Juices are popular among children of different ages. They are convenient and come in bright packages. But this is where the advantages of packaged juice ends. A glass of juice contains 5-6 teaspoons of sugar. The dissolved sugar immediately gets absorbed into the bloodstream which is bad for the metabolism of carbohydrates.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends eating fruit instead of drinking juice. Thanks to the fiber in fruit, the juice is absorbed gradually. You could also try to get them to drink fresh squeezed juice or a smoothie
In order to choose a healthy yogurt, you need to read the ingredients. First, don’t buy the most dangerous yogurt products that are not stored in fridge, but on open shelves. Second, buy natural yogurts instead of sweet ones.
Yogurts with fruit contain a lot of sugar, fat, and calories which leads to children becoming overweight and increases their risk for getting diabetes.
Children before the age of 2 shouldn’t eat honey. This is not only about a possible allergic reaction but sometimes honey contains bacteria that can lead to a serious infectious disease called botulism.
4 Sweetened drinks
Almost all the hype around the health risks that soda poses is sadly true, and more so for kids. Drinking soda or cola increases their odds of developing type-2 diabetes and ending up obese. Not to mention the cavities they cause. Fruit drinks too can be just as bad as soda. Scientists say that if they aren’t made from 100 per cent juice, their nutritional worth is as low as soda. In any case, limit your child’s intake of packaged fruit juice, and encourage her to drink a lot of milk and water
Not only are noodles low on nutrition, they packed with a lot of sodium. Children between the ages of two and three should have no more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium per day, while for kids up to age eight, it shouldn’t exceed 1,200 mgs per day. However, a single serving of packed noodles or pasta has more than half of a child’s recommended limit.
While cheese is a fabulous source of calcium and protein, you need to watch your child’s portions. A slice of cheese can contain over 100 calories and 10 grams of fat, so regularly having more than that for a snack can add the numbers up fast. The daily recommended amount for dairy is two cups for age 2-3, and two-and-a-half cups for age 4-8. Just one-and-a-half ounces of cheese counts as one cup of the recommended amount of dairy.
7 French fries
With the mushrooming of fast food joints, french fries have befriended children’s taste buds more than ever. The problem with fries is not only do they have unhealthy trans fats and laoded with calories, it’s also easy to gobble too much of it at once. Fries are known to dominate the palate to an extent where the child may not really develop a taste for other vegetables. To rein junior in, try baking your fries at home or rustle up sweet potato fries, which are packed with fibre, vitamin C and potassium