Eating a healthy and nutritious diet is vital for your child’s physical and mental growth. Nutrition refers to everything that your child eats and drinks. Your child’s body uses nutrients from food to function properly and stay healthy. Nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. In the right amounts, nutrients give your child energy to grow, learn, and be active.
Poor nutrition can cause health problems and may lead to obesity. Some of the health problems associated with poor nutrition can be very serious, especially as your child grows into an adult. By teaching your child healthy eating habits, you can help prevent these health problems.
Also, it’s much easier to maintain a healthy weight than it is to lose weight. Children who maintain a healthy weight are more likely to stay at a healthy weight as adults.
Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer your child a variety of food. Likes and dislikes begin forming even when children are babies. You may need to serve a new food a few different times for a child to accept it. Don’t force a child to eat, but offer a few bites. With older children, ask them to try one bite.
By teaching and encouraging healthy eating habits, you are giving your child important tools for a lifetime of healthy living.
Ensure your child’s nutrient requirements are met by aiming for three meals a day, each containing something from each food group and up to two snacks. Get into the habit of trying different types of protein with each meal and a couple of different vegetables.
Eating right from an early age is essential for your child’s health and longevity. That said, it’s no easy task to ensure that they are getting the necessary nutrients for long-term health. Arming yourself with the basic information about the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for your children can help them establish healthy habits that will last a lifetime.