Does Your Child Avoid Any Of These Foods?
Created by Ambili S Kartha Updated on Dec 31, 2019
When it comes to eating habits, you can't predict a toddler’s preference. While some days they eat less, suddenly one day they would start asking for food throughout the day. If someone asks me about the most stressful time of my day, I have only one answer as a mother of a toddler - mealtime. I know the importance of a well-balanced diet in the health and growth of my child.
Believe me, my child was always consistent in refusing any and all of the healthy food I fondly prepared for him. It has been a real struggle for me to feed my child a healthy, well-balanced diet. I was worried about the consequences of my child's eating habits. I realized that he would be missing out on nutrition. I have spent quite some time observing and getting this valuable information, and I am happy to share it with you.
What is Nutrition Gap
If your toddler refuses to eat certain groups of food (grains, fruits, vegetables, milk, pulses, or eggs), s/he will miss most of the nutrients from that food group. One food group certainly cannot replace all the nutrients in another food group. That is why a well-balanced diet is said to be one which has a specific portion of food from all the food groups. Each of these nutrients plays a very important role in the all-round growth and development of toddlers. Missing a group will lead to a lack of that particular nutrients in the toddler's diet. As a result, there would be a nutrition gap. Nutrition gap affects your toddler’s:
Behaviour and emotional growth
Growth and healthy weight gain
Some Common Foods Which Children Usually Avoid
Here are some foods that many toddlers usually refuse to eat. I have put in (brackets), what do they miss on, when they refuse to have these foods.
Milk: Many toddlers refuse to drink milk. They simply can't tolerate its smell and taste. If you try to force them, then they vomit it out. (Calcium) If a child has calcium deficiency, it may be difficult to build strong bones and teeth.
Eggs: When it comes to eating eggs, many toddlers are picky. For some, it is a texture or an appearance issue. They prefer to have only plain scrambled, boiled and so on. Egg is one of the most nutritious and also the most refused food item by toddlers. (Protein and vitamins) Low intake of protein may cause stunted growth in children.
Meat: Whenever parents try to expand their toddler's eating habits, many of them fail to make the toddler eat meat. The child refuses meat because of the flavour, texture, or because they find it hard to chew. (Protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins) Protein deficiency in children may make the muscles weak (also known as ‘muscle wasting’).
Fish: Many toddlers refuse to eat fish as either they can't stand the taste or hate the smell. A toddler who refuses to eat fish is actually omitting Omega 3 from their diet, which plays an important role in brain development. (Omega 3 Fatty acids) Omega 3 fatty acids are important for maintaining your child’s overall health.
Vegetables: Most toddlers hate to see vegetables on their plates. And, in the ideal world, toddlers should have at least 3 to 5 serves of vegetables per day. (Vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, calcium, iron) Vitamins, Minerals, and Iron are essential to ensure healthy growth and development of your toddler. It also helps build their immune system.
Fruits: Many toddlers hate to eat whole fruits; some hate citrus fruits, and some hate pineapple; the list goes on. (Vitamins, minerals) If a child is deficient in vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants found in fruits, it might be difficult for the child to protect themselves against diseases.
Observe your toddler’s eating habits closely, especially the food s/he avoids repeatedly. You now know the nutrition your toddler may be missing because of their picky eating. If you are worried about your toddler missing out on the daily essential nutrients required, you can ease your mind with Nestle’s nutrient-dense toddler cereal, Ceregrow. It is not only packed with 17 essential vitamins and minerals but also free from any added preservatives and artificial flavors. Most importantly, #1 serve of Ceregrow fulfills 37% of your child’s daily Iron requirement and approx 44% of your child’s daily requirement of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Calcium.
It is important to make sure that your child gets the nutrients needed in her daily meals for all-round development. You will find some help here Fun and easy recipes for your picky eater child
Disclaimer- This Blog is supported by Nestle Ceregrow. A child needs more nutrition than an adult. Each bowl of Ceregrow contains the goodness of grains, milk & fruits and makes up for the lack of sufficient nutrition.
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