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Good diet of a child: Importance of avoiding snacks between the meals

BY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-08-14

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The diet of a child is very important. This is because the child should have adequate nutrition for optimal growth. At the same time, the child should not be overfed. This is because research has pointed out that the food habits of children at a young age determine if the child will be obese or not. If the child learns good food habits, then the health hazards of obesity can be prevented. It is very difficult to change the food habits after the child has grown up. Eating snacks between meals should be avoided to keep the child healthy.

Parents may think that their child is not very chubby like another child. They should understand that being chubby is not very important, but good health is more important. Though it is very important that the child should not be overfed, it is also important that the child is not underfed or malnourished. Even seemingly healthy babies in not so poor families can be malnourished. This is because of the food that the child is gives. The food should be balanced and should have adequate amounts of protein, carbohydrate, fat and various vitamins and minerals. This will keep the child very healthy.

Eating between meals:

Eating between meals should be avoided. This is because of the various ill effects that this can cause. They are listed below:

1. Habit: The craving for food between meals is a matter of habit. Once this kind of habit develops, the person satisfies his hunger at odd times and reduces the hunger for the next wholesome meal. The nutritious food is thus lost and junk foods are taken in increased quantity.

2. Type of snacks: The usual between meal snacks are in the form of treats. The choice of food is usually sweets or other such delicacies. Snacks may provide energy for the immediate needs, but it is not healthy as it may not be balanced or nutritious. This can lead to storage of unnecessary calories that are deposited as fat.

3. Timing: Eating a snack between meals can decrease the hunger and so the person may not eat the actual meal on time. This delay in eating and eating at the wrong time can cause various health problems. Eating at the wrong time jams the natural time clock of the body.

4. Hunger: By eating a snack, the hunger of the child is spoilt. This means that the child may not eat the next meal properly. This when it occurs repeatedly can lead to various problems.

5. Digestion: The digestive system operates cyclically. It requires a few hours for the stomach and the related organs of digestion to complete the chemical process by which the food is assimilated and digested. If another round of food is added to the stomach, then the efficiency of the digestive system tends to decrease. T

The youngsters who eat snacks between meals are actually handicapping their growth and development. Instead, they are providing an extra quota of helpful nourishment that has more bad effects than good ones. So it is better to avoid between snack meals and instead concentrate more on the actual meal.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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