Kids Should Eat a Rainbow

November 9, 2006 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Nutrition Info | Leave a comment

VeggiesI received this article from Baby Zone about helping your kids to eat more fruits and veggies.

Here are some highlights:

*What we eat in our youth can directly influence our health later in life.

*Not only does eating fruits and vegetables help ward off cancer; it helps reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cataracts, liver dysfunction, and other problems, adds Dr. Robert Pastore, PhD.

*Sadly, most American children simply do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, says Dr. Furman, who explains that more than 90 percent of the calories consumed by children under the age of five come from sugar, flour, oil and dairy. Only about five percent of American children’s calories come from fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts.

*So, how do we break this trend and get our children back on track? Parents need to serve as good role models and model healthy behaviors.

*The best possible way to encourage children to eat better is to offer a variety of good-tasting, healthy foods every day, at every meal. “Eat the rainbow. Go for color,” says Tanner.

(Pic is from Cocolinda in Flickr)

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