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Basic Food Tips for Kids - Nanda Banerjee

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All human beings are composed of what they eat, size, rate of growth, appearance, and, indirectly mood and behavior. The defects that show up in children, and later in adult age, are largely due to the kind and quality of food eaten, especially during the growing period. The injurious effects of a poor diet are manifested in the bone structure, general health, the nervous system, Weakness of immunity against infections such as the common cold.

All human beings are composed of what they eat, size, rate of growth, appearance, and, indirectly mood and behavior. The defects that show up in children, and later in adult age are largely due to the kind and quality of food eaten, especially during the growing period. The injurious effects of a poor diet are manifested in the bone structure, general health, the nervous system, Weakness of immunity against infections such as the common cold.

In simple very words

The food we eat, particularly in the growing period, must contain the greatest possible number of food factors and in their natural condition.

Food that is whole, food that has suffered the least amount of tampering is a key to good health.

Nature provides the proper balance of food factors. When we remove one factor, the effectiveness of that food becomes quite different from that in its natural state.

Milk is an excellent example of a whole food, vitally important for growing children. Certified milk is preferable, as long as it is not heated more than 140 F.

Research says that boiling point in milk destroy its most of the nutrients. So if you are consuming pasteurized milk than just warm the milk, you don't need to boil that because pasteurization process clear the harmful bacteria (but none of its nutrients), but if you are using non-pasteurized milk than you have to boil that to clear the bacteria. In that case just heat the milk in its boiling point and cool it immediately.

Raw vegetables and fruits are next in importance for phytonutrients and fiber. Vegetables, if cooked, should be done lightly, preserving crispness, color and flavor. Raw vegetables and fruits should be finely chopped for small children.

Whole fruits are better than just the juices, unless the fruit has been grown without poisonous sprays. If it's not organic or fresh than it ought to be peeled.

Two or more servings of fruit daily are a must in every child's diet.

 

Whole-grain foods, such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice and oats are nourishing and important, but should not represent the largest part of the diet.

Baked beans, peanuts, hard cheese, tofu, soya milk, chick peas, and muesli are good source of protein.

Without a doubt the whole plant foods, like nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, soybeans, and flax seed oil are known as good source of good fat. Fresh, fertile eggs from chickens raised on the ground, should be eaten once a day whenever possible.

Meat, especially liver, beef, lambs and poultry may be included in one meal a day. Pork and veal, which are not as readily digested, should be served less often. Ham and bacon are better for children than fresh pork.

Fish is most desirable, especially ocean fish because of their generous supply of minerals and omega 3 fatty acids. Serve as often as possible.

Sweets should be confined to the natural sugar-containing foods, such as fruits, honey, root vegetables, or those little-processed, such as unsulphured molasses, brown or raw sugar.

Carbonated drinks, coffee and tea have no place at all in a child's diet. An endless variety of special foods is available; whole-grain flour cookies, dried fruits, nuts, fruit candy, popcorn, seeds of sunflower, pumpkin and soy nuts as snacks.

Eating habits are not inherited. If the whole family follows the nutritional eating patterns, then the child will grow up liking those things which are so good for him... whole-grain breads, certified milk, raw fruits and vegetables.

 

Remember that a child will learn to like foods if you offer them to him/her for the first time when he/she is hungry, and if he/she sees others eating them with pleasure.

 

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