The benefit of healthy food for children
Childhood is one of the most life stages in which human growth and development occurs, and therefore children at this stage need integrated nutrients that help them grow properly, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases in the later stages of life, such as obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure. There are many other health benefits of healthy food for children, including the following:
- Stabilization of energy levels in the child’s body.
- Helping the healthy growth and development of the child’s brain.
- improve the child’s mood and reduce the risk of mental illness; Such as depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, and lack of focus.
- Giving children a healthy weight appropriate for their age.
Healthy foods that a child needs
The child’s body needs all kinds of healthy foods that provide it with the energy needed for growth and development. Here are some of the foods that a child needs:
- Vegetables and fruits: Feeding the child different types of vegetables and fruits contributes to protection from many different diseases; This is because it contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, water and energy.
- Cereals: as they provide him with the energy he needs to grow, develop, and learn, and therefore he must be fed whole grains, or rich in fiber; Such as: bread, cereals, pasta, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, and others.
- Protein: Provides protein sources; Such as fish, poultry, and meat, in addition to eggs, and legumes provide the child with many nutrients; zinc, iron, vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein; These elements are important for the health of the brain, nerves, and muscles.
- Milk and its products: such as milk and cheese; It provides the child with protein and calcium, which helps to strengthen the bones and teeth, and it is recommended that these products be low or fat-free for children over the age of two years and not less.
Encourage your child to eat healthy food
The participation of the child with his family in preparing food contributes to building his learning skills; This is from a mathematical point of view, such as counting eggs, adding water with specific measurements, or the number of spoons added from a specific ingredient, in addition to learning speech skills when reading and sharing the method of preparing the recipe, in addition to developing a sense of self-confidence for the child when participating in preparing a specific food and adding some ingredients. For this recipe, he also learns the basics of healthy food and its types, which will benefit him in his future food choices, add flexibility to his personality, and learn to prepare for work with correct expectations for the outcomes of this work.
- ↑ “Nutrition Tips for Kids”, www.familydoctor.org, 07-20-2012, Retrieved 03-18-2019. Edited.
- ↑ “Healthy eating for your child”, www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, 12-2018, Retrieved 18-03-2019. Edited.
- ↑ Mary L. Gavin (11-2014), “Cooking With Preschoolers”, www.kidshealth.org, Retrieved 03-18-2019. Edited.
Benefits of healthy food for children