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Just how important is healthy eating for children? Consider the following childhood nutrition information:
Refined sugars, which can be found in sodas and even processed juices, can deplete essential vitamins and minerals in the body, particularly those that are linked to proper mind health. These are zinc, magnesium, and B vitamins.
According to the Global Hunger Index Report created by International Food Policy Research Institute in 2010, it's very important that kids are given the right nourishment from the time they are born until they are two years old. Otherwise, they will become very sick, and they will stop growing. Moreover, those who are well nourished do well in school, and interestingly, by the time they grow up, they can increase their wages to as much as 46 percent.
Children grow up fast while they are young, but they don't have voracious appetites. Hence, even their small meals should be rich of micro- and macronutrients; else, they become undernourished and lethargic.
The food they eat today can affect their food choices, food habits, and even health risks in the future.
More children are becoming overweight. They are taking in more calories but spend less time on more strenuous activities. Thus, they don't burn all the calories they are taking in.
Some doctors are actually recommending peanut butter to kids, considering it as a food snack, when, in fact, many develop allergic reactions to peanuts. This type of allergic reaction can be very dangerous.
Fast foods, which sadly composed more than 30 percent of a typical kid's diet these days, are rich in salt, fat, and sugar—all components that can cause obesity, which, in turn, can lead to cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
Studies reveal that additives found in food dyes can aggravate the symptoms of ADHD.
These are just some of the many startling facts about nutrition and children. If you want to make sure your kids get to see their grandchildren someday or even get married and take a good job, you must take responsibility of the food they are going to it as early as possible.
Unlike other "diet experts," Dr. Joel Fuhrman doesn't advocate "lose weight fast." Instead, he prefers that individuals will live healthier and happier lives by making the right choices on the food they eat. When you are eating more fruits and vegetables, foods that have fewer calories but are packed with nutrients, losing weight becomes just one of the many consequences.
For this reason, his two programs and books Eat to Live and Eat for Health have become huge success. However, they are more meant for adults who are struggling with their unhealthy lifestyle. Moreover, there are very few books that teach kids how to eat properly, and a number of them contain wrong information.
This then brings about Disease-proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right. Those who have read the book were left shocked, amazed, in awe, and very angry on the various pieces of information it contains. To give you an idea, here are some of them:
All-American diets make children very sick, not only while they are young but also when they grow older.
More than 90 percent of adult diseases can be associated with the poor eating habits they had when they were still young.
In the same connection, Dr. Fuhrman introduces the "cancer on installment" idea, which means you slowly poison your child's body by making him or her eat SAD (the standard American diet).
There's also a direct correlation between common child diseases such as flu, allergic reactions, and asthma to poor nutrition.
Nevertheless, the point of Dr. Fuhrman in creating the book is not to scare you or even make you feel guilty. It's all about being proactive and taking the necessary steps to modify your children's eating habits ASAP.
With the help of the book, you will be able to fully understand the relationship between nutrition and healthy eating habits for children, as backed by several scientific researches.
Teaching your kids to eat right doesn't have to be such a chore. The book also offers several wonderful ideas to keep your child's interest on nutritious food such as "refrigerator advertisements." The last few pages also provide you with more than 50 wonderful and easy-to-prepare recipes with cool names to attract your kids to eat them.
In this program, consistency is the name of the game. To access a more comprehensive manual and information about healthy food for children through this book, visit Healthy Eating for Children