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Foods that should not be given to children:

BY: Deena David | Category: Family | Post Date: 2009-07-17

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Most children are fussy eaters. This makes the mothers force feed these children with certain foods which the child prefers. This may serve a short term goal of helping to feed the child for that meal, but the long term implications may not be good for the health of the child. There are certain foods that should be avoided for the child to grow up healthy.

There are certain things that have to be kept in mind while inculcating healthy food habits in a child. Mothers have to encourage foods that are good for the health and discourage or avoid giving foods that are detrimental for the health of the child. These are the foods that should not be given to children.

1. Do not encourage a sweet tooth: Try not to add extra sugar to the drinks or food that a child is eating. Encouraging the child to eat a lot of sweets or sweet foods will result in the child liking more sweets than other kinds of foods. Later the child may start asking for chocolates and eating a lot of this will result in either childhood obesity or when the child becomes an adult, it may lead to obesity at that time.

2. Salt: Do not force feed salt to your child. Some mothers think that the child should have adequate salt intake in the food and force feed salt by sprinkling salt on the food. This is not a healthy practise. Once a child is used to a lot of salt intake, the taste buds get accustomed to the high salt content. This will make them to add salt to foods that have enough salt. This can lead to hypertension and other problems.

3. Skimmed milk: With the availability of skimmed and semi skimmed milk, many mothers give their children this milk. Whole milk is full of calories and is good for children to drink. So it should be made sure that children drink whole milk with the cream, rather than skimmed and semi skimmed milk.

4. Nuts: Whole nuts should be avoided as this can cause the child to choke on the nuts. Peanut butter can be given to children. Other nuts can also be given in a ground form, if the child is not allergic to the nuts.

5. Lectures: Do not lecture your children to much about their eating habits. Provide the right kind of food to the children instead. This is a better way of controlling their diet.

These are some of the things that should be avoided if the children are to develop good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle. Even if you have to, give in moderation, apply common sense or consult your doctor.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a Masters Degree holder in Pediatric Nursing. I also do freelance writing work. I am also interested in technology and computer applications. Comments on the article can be sent to deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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