Best Brain And Body Foods For Kids
A healthy and balanced diet is not just good for children’s bodies; it is also good for their brains. Do you know what your child eats has a big influence on his/her mental and cognitive capacity? The brain, just like the body, absorbs nutrients from the foods we eat, and just like the body needs a healthy diet to develop properly, your child’s diet also plays a very important role in nurturing his/her intelligence.
Considerations when choosing brain foods for kids
- Dietary preferences.
Parents of kids with vegetarian choices – vegan, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarians – have to factor that into their diet. They can get a healthy diet by choosing fortified soy beverages, beans, lentils, eggs, tofu, nuts as alternative foods.
- Food intolerance.
A food intolerance is the inability to digest or absorb certain foods. Dairy (lactose), gluten, caffeine, lactose, wheat and additives such as artificial sweeteners, coloring, or other flavorings are examples of things most people are intolerant of. Symptoms may include intestinal gas, abdominal cramping or diarrhea and may cause extreme discomfort. If you suspect that your child might be intolerant of a certain food, see a doctor.
- Food allergies.
A food allergy is an immune response to a protein in a food. Ingesting a small amount of food could cause potentially life threatening reactions. Peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, soy and fish are examples of foods people have allergies to. If your child is allergic to any food, its consumption is to be avoided at all cost.
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