Many people would be shocked to think that their child may be deficient in certain vitamins. However, it does exist. In households where the parents may not be eating carbohydrates, their children may be deficient in many of the B vitamins and antioxidants. Many children would greatly benefit from cutting out some of their unhealthy snacks, not all, and replacing them with low fat milk, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Their salad dressing should be regular or low fat to help them absorb the fat soluble vitamins found in the salad. They should be eating whole grains, and cutting down on their junk food consumption.
Many children can benefit from taking a multivitamin. However, you must remember that a multivitamin supplement does not replace the original foods that are the best source to provide you with many vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
Your children are never too young to start learning healthy eating habits. Rather than eliminating foods, try increasing your consumption of healthy foods. During childhood you want to make sure that your children are getting all the necessary building blocks to help them grow up healthy. The right fats, grains, fruits and vegetables are all necessary parts of that equation. As your children get used to eating healthy well balanced meals, they will be less likely to overindulge in the junk food department. Good habits once learned will grow with them into adulthood, and last a lifetime.
|Low fat diets might be a good choice for the adults and even the teens in your family. However, if everyone in your family is on a low fat diet, it may not be healthy. At every stage of the life cycle one needs different nutrients.
By assuming that as an adult you do not need for example that much fat, you can be making a huge mistake if you let your toddlers follow your same eating plan. One study suggests that when the whole family is following a low fat menu, you can be depriving young children of important vitamins are necessary for their health.
Several studies have found that up to two-thirds of preschool children may be lacking sufficient levels of vitamin E and one third may be not getting enough vitamin C. This may be due to their family diet. If parents are eating a lot of nonfat products, chances are that they are giving the same foods to their children. Children under the age of two years should be drinking full fat and regular milk, not low fat or reduced fat products. The fat is necessary for your child's development of important hormones at this stage of their life. After the age of two, they can switch to low fat products. This means low fat - not fat free. In an effort to prevent obesity or overweight, people go to the opposite extreme and they may go overboard. This can affect your child's vitamin intake. Childhood is a critical time in the life cycle for growth and development. Rather than cutting out fat, reduce the amount of sweetened juices, sodas, and sugary snacks in an effort to keep your child's weight under control. At this time do not cut necessary calories. A diet that is very low in fat is associated with a low intake of vitamin E.
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