Infant nutrition

Decalogue of healthy eating for children


The health and well-being of children depends on food. Parents and educators must convey to the child the idea that food is not played because our health depends on it and we must give food the importance it deserves. This means taking a break a day to sit at the table and take center stage as diners in front of the food that we are going to have.

Currently, in our society eating habits have changed. While before there was great respect for something vital such as food and the timing of the meal, today you eat anything improvised on the go, standing up and without schedules.

Changing the way we eat in terms of manners is as important as giving food the importance it has and deserves. Both are good rules and customs for children to become familiar with at home.

Lucia Bultó, nutritionist and author of the book 'Nutrinanny's tips. The solutions that work for feeding children ', has prepared a decalogue in which it collects the basic principles of adequate nutrition for the health of children. And in addition, he adds that 'as important as that the child eats properly, is that he performs physical activity every day':

1. There are no 'bad' foods, but inappropriate frequencies of consumption. Adapt the amounts to the child's age and development.

2. Fruits and vegetables daily. Offer the child fruits and vegetables daily, in season, which provide their body with vitamins, minerals and fiber.

3. Three or four servings of dairy products a day. They serve to ensure the calcium that the bones, in full development, need. Skim options provide the same amount of calcium as whole ones.

4. Use olive oil. It is the most recommended for cooking and taking raw.

5. Two protein shots a day. Two moderate intakes a day of fish, meat, eggs or ham are enough to provide the body of children with the amount of protein they need.

6. Whole carbohydrates. Bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, legumes and cereals provide the complex carbohydrates that the child needs. If you buy whole grain products, you will provide fiber and increase its intake of vitamins and minerals.

7. Good hydration is important. To drink, always water. Soft drinks only at specific times and without caffeine.

8. Varied diet. Program a diet that includes foods from all groups, without abusing any of them. All foods are good, the important thing is the balance between them.

9. Packaged foods. The food industry offers quality products that adapt to new trends in life. Opt for canned fish and canned vegetables.

10. Lead by example. Take care of your diet and your child will imitate you.

Source consulted:
Nutrinanny's tips. The solutions that work for feeding children
Author: Lucía Bultó. Ed. Planet.

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