5 Myths And Facts About Healthy Eating For Children

By Dr. Krystel Quadros|2 - 3 mins| April 28, 2020|Read in हिन्दी

You may get confused easily about what is suitable for your child and what’s not, owing to many misleading advertisements these days. Even, various magazines and newspapers are claiming different items to be healthy for your child, that might be a myth too.

5 Myths And Facts About Healthy Eating For Children

Following are certain myths and facts about eating right for kids

Myth #1: Low-fat Means Low Calories for Your Child

Always remember that not all foods that are low in fat are low in calories. Low-fat foods may often replace fat with other items such as sugar, sodium, or other ingredients that can add to calories. Check the food label always before you decide that the low-fat option is best for your child.

Myth #2: Organic Food is Healthier than Non Organic Food

It’s easy to assume that a diet based on organic foods is healthy for your child, but this isn’t the case always. The term ‘organic’ refers to the farming style ( farmers are not using artificial chemicals) used to produce the food, not its nutrient content. While organic foods are better for the environment, eating more of them doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a lower-calorie diet for your over-weight child.

Myth #3: Brown Bread is Healthy for your Child

The food industry has some tricks up its sleeve, and this is one. The term ‘brown’ doesn’t always mean whole wheat. To ensure that you purchase the right kind of food, look for ‘whole grain or whole’ in the ingredient list.

Myth #4: To Make Your Child Lose Weight, You Need to Cut Calories Drastically

If your child has a very low-calorie diet or maybe about 700 calories a day, it’ll take-off weight, but it won’t last for long. Psychologically, it’s almost difficult for people to adhere to a strict diet over a long period because they feel deprived and hungry. Therefore, encourage your child to have a proper and balanced diet so that your kid may not get deprived of the essential nutrients needed for the growth and development of your child. And also, they may not suffer from multiple deficiencies.

Myth #5: Using Margarine Instead of Butter will Save Calories

Butter and margarine have about the same amount of calories. Although, margarine, are unhealthier because they contain trans fats, which have adverse effects on cholesterol levels and the heart’s health of your child.

I wish you may find this article useful and informative on the various myths and facts about eating right for children.


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About The Author:

Dr. Krystel Quadros

Dr. Krystel Quadros is a Dietician. She has Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics.

Last Updated: Tue Sep 08 2020

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