More and more cases of childhood obesity appear today. Not only is the child’s genetics which determine their constitution or physical shape, but diet plays an essential role. If we want our child to be always healthy and at his ideal weight, we must know what foods we should control so that they do not gain too much weight, are well of vitamins and proteins, do not make them feel hyperactive or tired and that they cannot damage their teeth.
At PregDream we tell you which foods can become dangerous for the health of children and which can only be ingested in a controlled way so that they are always strong, healthy and at their ideal weight.
FOODS THAT CHILDREN SHOULD NOT EAT
There is a wide variety of foods on the market, so we should not only focus on the typical children’s menu of many restaurants. That is so, because this menu includes many highly caloric, fried and frozen ingredients , which are less suitable for the health of your children. In a healthy and balanced diet there is no place for this type of food and we should reduce it as much as possible.
However, that does not mean that the child cannot eat potatoes or fried chicken from time to time. What we can do is make them ourselves at home, with natural potatoes instead of frozen and raw chicken with the batter made by ourselves, thus ensuring that it does not have preservatives or added fats.
Something similar happens with sweets , which have a large amount of sugar and fats that do not provide any benefit in terms of vitamins or proteins for the child and can cause hyperactivity due to the large intake, belly pain and tooth decay .
Another food that children should not eat is soft drinks. Both those with and without gas contain large amounts of sugar. Therefore, it is better that the child does not start drinking soft drinks until he is in adolescence and, if he does, that it is something very punctual, since not only is it not good for his health, but it can become a whim and want to take it every day.
Therefore, the named foods are those that we should avoid whenever possible and feed them to the child only at very specific times. It will be almost impossible for him not to eat them, because he will see that the other children eat them, but if we teach him that it is only something for one day they will be able to value it more and understand why.
However, we should not turn this type of food into a reward for when they do something well, since they will think that this is one of the ways to feel happier and, later, they will eat this type of food to feel better about themselves. which can lead to serious health problems such as malnutrition, eating disorders or obesity.
FOODS YOU SHOULD ONLY EAT ONCE IN A WHILE
There are many other foods that are not so dangerous for your health or your weight, but that we should also avoid.
These are the ones at the top of the food pyramid for a healthy diet. Therefore, every day they should eat at least five pieces of fruit or vegetables, a small portion of fish or meat, cereals and dairy products, eggs two or three days a week and, rarely, sweets and other higher foods in fats.
It is almost impossible for children not to eat sweets, since at this point in their life is when they are most excited to eat them, but it is the adults who must teach them that it is something occasional. The best way to encourage a healthy and balanced diet in a child is by example , that is, if the parents eat salad every night the little one will understand that it is something healthy and normal and will repeat this diet, most likely, during the rest of his adult life.
However, if parents tend to reward them with fried, frozen foods, full of spices, fats and sweets, as they grow older they will associate that this is the most normal way of eating and they will feel happy eating this food instead of having a healthy life. As parents we want the best for our children, so we must feed them with those foods that have more proteins and vitamins, such as those named at the base of the food pyramid.
Thus, sweets and other very caloric foods with few beneficial properties for our children, we will leave them as something specific.
As for large amounts of meat or fish, they will not be beneficial to them either. The correct thing will be about 140 grams of meat a week and another as many of fish. If from a young age we teach them to have a taste for healthy food, fruit, vegetables and salads, it is most likely that they will feel comfortable eating these dishes and are in much better health, far from childhood obesity.