7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Healthy eating is vital for children

Getting kids to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables can be a nightmare for some parents. Meal times can end up more stressful than a busy day at the office !

Your body digests food better when you are relaxed, so it is important to put the fun into healthy choices and allow yourself the luxury of a battle-free meal.

Children learn eating habits from their parents. A child that is given regular balanced meals and healthy snacks will eat the same way during adulthood.

Most cases of childhood obesity are down to a diet containing far too much fat and sugar. The amount of processed snacks and meals available in today's supermarkets far outweighs the healthy choices.

If you are worried about your child's weight, it is important to take on the task of improving their eating habits without any pressure on the child.

An overweight child should never be made fun of or called fat, this will only make them feel bad about the way they look. It will affect their self-esteem and confidence and they will be more likely to seek comfort in junk food.

Getting children to eat healthy food can be made easier if there is plenty of choice available.

A fridge that stocks one apple and four chocolate bars will be stuck with one apple! Food choices start in the supermarket, fill your trolley with plenty of healthy food that is fresh, colourful and appetising.

Warm up their interest by getting them to make up a plate of fruits in a face shape.

All children need to drink water regularly especially during the summer months in Bahrain because they can easily become dehydrated.

If your child does not like the taste of water, add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime, a couple of ice cubes and a straw.

Don't buy fizzy drinks for children, these drinks contain around 10 teaspoons of sugar per can (just over their recommended daily amount of sugar).

Children love to make up their own juice, so buy a bag of oranges and let them help you make a jug of vitamin enriched, home-made juice.

Pour water and fresh fruit juice into ice-lolly moulds and you will have an instant thirst-quenching snack for them on a hot day.

Getting creative with your kids will encourage them to eat healthier.

Bulk their snacks and meals with fresh fruit and vegetables but allow them to have a daily treat and occasional fast food that way they will learn the value of food. Give them a good healthy foundation and they will build a body to last.


Fruit is an excellent snack. It only takes about 20 to 30 minutes to digest if you eat it by itself.

When you eat fruit with your meal the nutrition value is impaired because it must "wait" until other food has been digested, leaving time to ferment and cause digestive gas, flatulence and stomach upsets.


Although fresh orange juice is a valuable source of Vitamin C, it is better to eat the whole fruit, oranges provide pectin, a form of soluble fibre that helps reduce blood cholesterol, especially "bad" LDL type cholesterol.

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