Importance of Nutrition for Kids

Importance of Child Nutrition

Raising children is a not exactly a walk in the park, and dealing with them effectively on a daily basis can be considered a good test of one’s patience and endurance.

But the onerous task of getting them to eat the right kind of food deserves to be included on the popular BBC Three TV show, World’s Toughest Jobs.

A mother would know.

So would a teacher, who has been given the additional responsibility of ensuring children eat the right kind of food in school.

Children today are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. In the good old days, mothers gave their children just two choices - take it or leave it!

And mothers ensured children ate the right kind of food - the ones that met all their nutritional needs and never the ones that just filled them with useless calories devoid of any nutritional value.

In the present times, children’s diet is not getting the kind of attention it deserves for various reasons, which are mostly socio-economic in nature.

But, why is there so much fuss about food and why is it necessary to be fussy about the kind of diet children should adopt?

There are enough reasons to ensure your child eats right. Consider these:

-       A well-balanced diet is essential for normal physical and mental development of your child.
-       Obesity is a real and worrisome challenge the world is facing today. It can lead to heart disease and diabetes in the long run, not to mention the emotional and psychological problems.
-       A nutrient-deficient diet weakens immune system and consequently, the ability to fight diseases.
-       Prevalence of dental cavities in children is a direct result of consuming sugar-rich junk food.

Balanced diet is a diet consisting of the proper quantities and proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water necessary to maintain good health.

      What to eat: Green Leafy Vegetables, Whole Grains, Fresh fruits, Lean Meats, Poultry, Nuts, Eggs, Fish etc.

      What to avoid: Candy, Aerated drinks, Deep-fried Food, Food with Colouring Agents and Preservative.

Finally, a nutritious diet works well when it is complemented by physical exercise and high standards of personal hygiene. For instance, brushing teeth and rinsing mouth every time after eating can keep dental cavities away. Drinking plenty of water is recommended too.

Do consult your doctor for expert medical advice on your child’s diet.