Food Offenders

MOMMY ON BOARD - Kristalle Marie Garcia-Kekert () - April 23, 2012 - 12:00am

Babies need lots of nutrients, not food with empty calories that leave no room for good health benefits. It’s absolute common sense knowing what to feed and not feed your growing child (for example no to alcohol or any form of hard drinks) but you’d be surprised to learn that there are in fact a list of food offenders many of us may not even expect.

Babies need lots of nutrients, not food with empty calories that leave no room for good health benefits. It’s absolute common sense knowing what to feed and not feed your growing child (for example no to alcohol or any form of hard drinks) but you’d be surprised to learn that there are in fact a list of food offenders many of us may not even expect.

Fizzy Drinks

Never give your baby fizzy drinks. Most of these “no nutrient” drinks contain a whole lot of sugar, which can be extremely bad for your baby’s teeth. Even if the drink is regular, diet or zero, it has entirely no nutrients. Their growing little bodies don’t need that!

Processed Food

A significant amount of nutritional value is lost when food is modified with preservatives and flavour enhancers as it adds to the list of ingredients but leaves the food tasting almost synthetic. Why pick food with unhealthy additives when you can always opt for fresh fruit and vegetables – after all, the fresher the better.

Mixed Fruit Juices (in powder form)

This is not a very good drink choice, probably one of the worst that you can offer your child is its high sugar content. This includes powdered iced tea. Try fresh fruit instead, you can’t go wrong.

Crackers

It’s a convenient snack, which you and I will agree but as starchy as crackers are, it can easily give your baby a full stomach leaving no room for nutrient-rich food. But no, there is nothing wrong with giving your child a healthy type of cracker. My tip is to do it only when meals are properly eaten and in full.

Jelly

Wrapped in small packets, it’s colourful, wiggly, fruity and extremely cute but also nearly all sugar containing artificial colouring and artificial flavour. That can’t be your idea of a healthy dessert, can it? Why not mash up some fruits (banana happens to be the easiest) and top with yoghurt or sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon?

Helpful Resource: www.babycentre.com

CENTER CHILD DRINKS FEED FOOD HELPFUL RESOURCE MIXED FRUIT JUICES PROCESSED FOOD
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