Many children start eating foods that are high in sugar at a very young age. This causes a child’s taste buds to reduce their sensitivity so that normal food no longer looks attractive. There are also foods that children should not consume due to the physiological characteristics of their bodies.
We decided to find out how to teach a child to eat healthy foods and what seemingly healthy foods they shouldn’t eat.
Juices are popular with children of different ages. They are convenient and come in shiny packages. But this is where the benefits of packaged juice end. A glass of juice contains 5-6 teaspoons of sugar.
Dissolved sugar is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, which is bad for carbohydrate metabolism.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends eating fruit instead of drinking juice. Thanks to the fiber in the fruit, the juice is gradually absorbed. You can also try getting them to drink natural juice or a smoothie.
To choose a healthy yogurt, you must read the ingredients. First, don’t buy the most dangerous yogurt products that aren’t stored in the refrigerator but on open shelves. Second, buy plain yogurt instead of sweets.
Fruit yogurt contains a lot of sugar, fat, and calories, which makes children overweight and increases the risk of developing diabetes.
Flakes, muesli, and other similar foods look very healthy in commercials that claim to contain many vitamins and minerals. In fact, these foods do not contain any healthy elements.
But what they contain is a lot of sugar. All the healthy elements of corn, wheat, and oats are removed during production and only carbohydrates remain.
It is very difficult to satisfy hunger with this food, so a few hours later the child will be hungry again. A good substitute is an oatmeal. You can add fruits and nuts to make it more attractive to children.
Children under 2 years old should not eat honey. It’s not just a possible allergic reaction, but sometimes honey contains bacteria that can lead to a serious infectious disease called botulism.
Grapes contain vitamins and minerals that children need. But there is a reason why children should not eat: they are big and slippery and a child can choke them.
Also, grapes are too difficult for a child’s digestive tract to process. Bananas are a great substitute for children under the age of 2.
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