Nutrition plays an important part in the healthy development of children. Starting a good foundation in a child's diet would help the child gain an edge in both their physical and mental development.
Parents, Play your Role!
Set a good example and be a good role model. Practice good eating habits and you will soon find your child modeling after you ! Be creative! Colourful foods are both visually appealing and nutritional to the child. Give names to the dishes they have created and enroll the help of your child in the kitchen and they will be much more willing to eat the vibrant-colored dishes that they have done.
Food Guide Pyramid
This is a great way to help parents start their children on the right track of eating nutritionally. The key of this Food Guide Pyramid is to encourage children to eat from a wide variety of food types - grains, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products - all of which contributes to the health of the children.
Good Nutrition for Healthy Brain Development
When a child reaches the age of 2 - 3 years old, this is the most crucial part of the brain development. The right nutrition and mental stimulation during this period can help boost the potential physical and mental development of your little ones! There are some nutrients that parents should look out for in planning a child's diet.
For active and growing children, proteins help build muscle and provide energy. Good sources of proteins include meat, poultry, fish and eggs.
- Vitamin B Food
Vitamin B rich food is the energy nutrients and this provides the 'fuel' for your child to go about his daily activities. Meat and green leafy vegetables are good sources of food rich in Vitamin B.
Iron is important for concentration and physical activity. Good sources of iron are lean red meat and green leafy vegetables.
- DHA and Taurine Many parents today are familiar with DHA and Taurine, also known as 'brain food' to some. DHA is the primary building block of the brain and a major structural component required for optimal growth and development of the brain. The richest source of DHA can be found in fishes such as salmon and tuna. Eggs and animal organs, such as chicken liver, also contain some amount of DHA. Taurine is a micronutrient essential for healthy brain and mental function and can be found in food such as eggs and fish.
What about Supplements?
The first rule of thumb is to ensure that your child gets adequate nutrients through food sources. But we know this can be difficult in our fast-paced society. Supplements therefore, should be considered when certain vitamins or minerals are lacking from their daily diet. Certain supplements can be taken to also specifically promote a child's physical and mental well-being.
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