Hey parents, do you even know that the World Health Organization recorded over 41 million children under the age of 5 to be either overweight or obese in 2016? We are now in 2019, and the figures could have gone way beyond in a span of three years!
Surprising? Maybe not, maybe yes… No matter how knowledgeable you are of the seemingly global epidemic of obesity in children, it is worth asking, “Why are more and more kids getting overweight? Why do some toddlers tend to be categorized as obese despite their young age?”
The answer lies in our food beliefs that affect family eating habits.
To help everyone break the constantly rising record of children getting obese, let me bust some of the most common food myths that actually contribute to the unhealthy development of toddlers and children.
1. Juice is Fun & Good for the Body
Oh yes, oh yes, the colorful appearance and the refreshing taste of juice can surely make your kids’ faces beam with delight! But wait, what kind of juice are you giving your toddler? A strawberry yogurt drink in a carton? An orange juice in a can? Hmmm…
Sorry to disappoint, but not all fruit juices are actually healthy! Although most of these packaged juices are labeled to have high nutritional value, you still need to get into the little details. How many calories are in each pack? How much sugar are you letting your child gobble up in single drinking?
Although it would be less convenient, I still suggest that you let your blender’s sounds be heard in your kitchen space. Grab some apples, pineapples, kiwis, mangoes, or berries from your pantry and toss them into your blender or juicer. Making your own natural juice or blended fruit at home beverage at home is still the best way to make sure that your child gets all the nutrients and fibers without the unnecessary sugars.
2. Organic is the Ultimate Healthy Option
Yes, organic is definitely better than those with artificial preservatives and chemicals. However, not all organic food shall be freely taken by your child. Not because the potato chips that you got from the grocery shelves contain the natural and organic label does it mean that your toddler can already eat the entire contents of the package!
Even if a certain food is labeled as organic, still make sure that you carefully examine other aspects of the food such as its sodium level, the presence of artificial sweeteners, its calories, and nutritional value. High sodium levels can raise blood sugar and contribute to heart diseases. Huge amounts of artificial sweeteners can cause type 2 diabetes among children. Remember to look at the food in its entirety before buying it and serving on the dining table.
3. Flavored Yogurt is Great After Meals
Whenever we hear the word yogurt, we can easily think of it as a healthy source of yummy probiotics. Yup, that’s true! Most yogurt drinks are really great for maintaining good gut health. However, some frozen and flavored yogurt delights are not just packed with probiotics and essential nutrients but also with lots of sugar!
Do you want a better alternative to flavored yogurt? Plain yogurt with your choice of fruits! Not that difficult, right? By doing this, you still enjoy the benefits of probiotics for your children’s gut health.
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Remember, parents play a big role in determining the present and future health status of children. Whatever food we serve them today can create an impact on how well they would develop physically and mentally.
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