Recent studies suggest that an adult’s overall health and diet are influenced by their eating habits in their youth. This implies the lasting impact of parents’ roles in their children’s diet. Parents then have to be conscious of the best eating habits for their children and separate fact from myths. Many local charities are founded with the goal of helping parents understand this. In addition, the following diet myths are being more and more debunked:
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Red meat and eggs are bad: Dietary restrictions for adults are not the same for children. Red meat and eggs, while to be restricted for adults, are not necessarily harmful for infants. These are excellent sources of protein, iron, zinc, and other essential nutrients. Discernment should be applied, however. The child should be fed freshly grilled meat and cooked yolks instead of fast food hamburgers.
Children prefer to eat the same foods: Parents need to train the eating habits of their children. It is true that children do enjoy eating some foods repeatedly but they also have a strong curiosity for other food items. This can be used to the parent’s advantage. Offer them more variety and instinctively, children will eat more. Prepare vegetables, fruits, and meat in interesting ways so that children will be more inclined to eat them.
A dish that has been rejected by the child must not be served again: Health groups have found that toddlers need to try new food at least 15 times before they take more than a spoonful of it. Parents should persevere and not acquiesce to their child’s preferences. Healthy dieting habits need to be introduced at an early age.
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Remember that dieting does not have to be a challenge for both parents and the child. The best recommendation is to make cooking and eating fun. Children respond more to happiness and encouragement rather than punishment.