Article by Sean Jordan
Many mothers have a problem with their children being extremely finicky eaters. This occurs because the parents have been giving their kids junk food since they were very young, and the kids are now used to having this type of food. So, adults think that just because the child does not eat a healthy plate of food, that they are being difficult. On the other hand, there might be other reasons why the child is not eating their meals. The food might not be properly cooked or the food might not be suitable for a young child. So, you need to make sure that the child’s diet is nutritious and balanced so that they grow up to become a healthy adult.
If you neglect your child’s diet now, it could have a long term effect in the future. They could suffer from psychological as well as from physical problems due to an improper diet. This is going to happen if they have been deprived of a number of minerals and nutrients which are necessary to keep their body functioning properly.
You might want to add more fiber rich foods like rice bran, fruit and vegetables to your child’s diet. If they suffer from constipation, this will definitely help them.
Remember to include vegetables, fruit, grains, beans, fish, poultry, dairy products, meats, and nuts in the child’s diet. A child is definitely going to be healthy if they have portions from all of these food groups every day. They need to have at least one or two portions of meat, poultry or fish in their diet. You might lower the intake of some of these foods if the youngster shows signs of obesity. But you cannot compromise on any of the other groups. The fresh fruit and vegetables are definitely better than the apples in pies and cakes.
You should never put a child on restrictive diets just because you think they need it. This could be very harmful to them in the long run. If the child is overweight, they may suffer from mental and physical stress. This is the reason why it is necessary for you put them on a healthy nutritious diet right from the very start. Instead of serving snack foods, you should prepare as many vegetable and fruit salads as possible.
A little bit of healthy eating right now is going to make them a healthy adult in the future.