Most children, given a choice about what we put on their plates, wouldn’t choose broccoli and cauliflower over cupcakes and candy. The foods we eat and what we feed our children will determine their (and our) disease patterns in the future.
Though we try to feed them all the right things, children can be picky eaters. An Australian study observing the dietary guidelines for children and adolescents, found that basic nutrient levels were way down. This leads quickly to lowered immunity and disease. The study found:
- 39 percent of 4 to 8 year-olds don’t eat enough fruit
- 99 percent of 14 to 16 year-olds don’t eat enough fruit
- 78 percent of 4 to 8 yea olds don’t eat enough vegetables
- 95 percent of 14 to 16 year-olds don’t eat enough vegetables
- micronutrients such as calcium, sodium and magnesium are a problem with 14 to 16 year-olds particularly at risk.
It makes sense, then, to add a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement to their routine because children need specific nutrients to thrive and grow. Balanced nutrition is not only important to a child’s physical development, it affects their intellectual, behavioural, emotional and psychological development. Read More