Fruits and vegetables play an important role in the early development of children


 

Junk food can be appealing for a variety of reasons, including convenience, price and taste. It’s important to inculcate the habit of healthy snacking at a young age as research proves that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health & wellbeing in children. While the benefits are unambiguously clear, what’s surprising is that most children do not get the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day! Just 22% of toddlers and preschoolers meet the nutritional requirements. It is recommended that one half of the child’s mealtime plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables to be able to reap rich benefits. For more information on recommended serves of fruit and vegetables in children based on age click here.

Fruits and vegetables play an important role in the early development of children


 

Junk food can be appealing for a variety of reasons, including convenience, price and taste. It’s important to inculcate the habit of healthy snacking at a young age as research proves that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health & wellbeing in children. While the benefits are unambiguously clear, what’s surprising is that most children do not get the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day! Just 22% of toddlers and preschoolers meet the nutritional requirements. It is recommended that one half of the child’s mealtime plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables to be able to reap rich benefits. For more information on recommended serves of fruit and vegetables in children based on age click here.

 

1. Healthy Digestive System

Certain fruits and veggies are rich in fiber, which helps keep the digestive system healthy. Constipation usually occurs in children as a result of a low fiber diet. Muscular spasms in children can be eased by eating a more high fiber platter of plums, beans, greens, broccoli, prunes, apricots, oranges, etc.

 

2. Enhanced Nutrition

Growing bodies of children need good nutrition and fruits and veggies are a source of a multitude of vitamins, minerals, and other healthy compounds. Phytochemicals help "fight" to protect a child's health and these give fruits and veggies their colour. Differently coloured fruits and veggies have different benefits for health. Therefore a rainbow of fruits and vegetable in a child's diet keeps them healthy.

 

3. Decrease in Child Obesity

Fruits and veggies are low in calories and nil in fat. Encouraging children to choose these over a box of unhealthy snacks and fat-drenched fast food can help child avoid obesity. Overweight children have a high risk for acquiring Type II Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, respiratory problems, and depression.

 

4. Sharper Minds

Research clearly indicates that children who eat the recommended daily serves of fruits and veggies perform better on academic tests than others who do not. A number of factors influence good academic performance, and nutrition is one of the most significant contributors to good academic performance.

 

5. Raw is best

It's easy to grab a fruit or veggie and munch on it on-the-go as it involves no cooking but only washing and eating. Raw fruits and veggies are a powerhouse of energy and nutrients for the child's entire day.

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Shishir

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I'm passionate about Early Childhood and have started to write articles in this space.

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