8 myths about children's nutrition

8 myths about children's nutrition

Article reviewed by Dr. Luana SAHIAN, General Medicine, Doctor in medical sciences, med consult & care

Myths about the nutrition of children do not cease to appear. There are totally wrong speculations about what a child should be allowed to eat. These misunderstandings lead to serious effects on the health of the child - malnutrition, obesity and severe deficiencies of minerals and vitamins.

The young child should eat a lot of meat in order to avoid anemia

Anemia is caused by iron deficiency in the body. Iron deficiency is a very high risk for the young child. But it is false that he needs a lot of meat to get the necessary input. He can get the necessary iron without consuming any meat at all.

It is true that it is best absorbed from meat sources, but children can get the required dose and from whole grains fortified with iron, raisins, spinach, beans, lentils, eggs or fish.

If you eat little vegetables, you will be deficient in vitamins and minerals in the body

Your little one may not like vegetables. Or they can only accept a small part of them and that is rarely consumed. When children refuse her vegetables, they focus more on the sweet taste of the fruit. Fruits can be substituted with vitamins and minerals from vegetables. Here's how:

  • melons and apricots can replace the carrot;
  • strawberries and oranges replace vitamins and minerals from spinach;
  • banana is a good alternative for potatoes;
  • Citrus fruits are effective in compensating for the need for vitamin C provided by broccoli and green vegetables.

Limits fat intake to prevent obesity

Not only is fat responsible for the onset of obesity. And it is by no means the main person responsible for excess weight gain.
If you have a baby or toddler, then you need to know that you need 40% of your daily fat to develop your brain and body. The continuous and rapid development of the brain requires an increased intake of fats and essential fatty acids.
Healthy fats from foods (unsaturated fatty acids) have benefits in the development of children as follows:

  • assists in the production of sex hormones;
  • contributes to the absorption of vitamins;
  • contributes to skin health;
  • it ensures a harmonious growth;
  • offers a feeling of fast satiety.

Lactates worsen cold symptoms in children

It is not true that the milk increases the amount of mucus or that it thickens when the baby is cold or flu. The virus is to blame for the production of mucus and is not related to what you eat. So, if you are a big fan of milk or milk, you can give your child to eat them. If not, you can replace them with other liquids and foods.

Sugar makes children overactive

There was a time when it was considered that sugar would be the basis for triggering ADHD in children. But experts say that there is no evidence or data to prove these rumors.

Foods that contain sugar and are given to the child often also contain caffeine (chocolate, juices, etc.), so it may seem that it is more energetic than usual.

Milk is essential for strengthening the bones

Milk is just a good source of calcium, like many other foods. It is over-promoted as a wonderful food for the bones. It is useful, but not crucial. In fact, a child who does not consume milk at all can have an equally strong bone system if he / she eats:

  • cheese;
  • yogurt;
  • soy milk and calcium orange juice;
  • broccoli;
  • tofu;
  • green vegetables etc.

The juice calms the thirst better

Children should only drink natural juices. These are rich in nutrients, but they should not be the only drinks you drink when you are thirsty. Natural fruit juices should be limited in his menu because they contain many calories. In addition, they also reduce appetite and affect the tooth or digestive system due to sugar.

White bread is devoid of nutrients

Bread made from whole grains is the best choice for consumption. Helps prevent constipation, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. But that does not mean that white bread is harmful. If you choose assorted with iron, vitamin B, folic acid, thiamine, niacin and other nutrients, it can be just as healthy.

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