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A Diet That Shields Your Child from Hidden Hunger

A Diet That Shields Your Child from Hidden Hunger

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Hidden hunger is a condition in which your child does not get enough micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. While a child’s diet may provide enough fat and carbohydrates, it often lacks sufficient micronutrients that allow the child to be physically and mentally strong.  

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Deficiency of these micronutrients such as iron and magnesium can result in anorexia, which deprives the child to function efficiently. Make sure to include the following key micronutrients as a part of your child’s diet to enhance a healthy body development.

Iron

Iron is an essential nutrient that is a must in your child’s diet, especially during the early stages of body development. Lack of this nutrient in the body leads to a condition called anaemia. Dietary recommendations for iron include poultry, meat, fish, lentils, lima beans, baby cereals, oatmeal, brown rice, tomatoes and green vegetables like spinach and broccoli. You can also combine plant sources of iron with meat/fish.  Iron-rich fruits like dates, dried apricots, berries, watermelon and pomegranate can be mashed into smaller forms and fed to your child. 

Magnesium

A whole lot of green and leafy vegetables like beans, kale, spinach, collard greens and lettuce contain magnesium, which is essential for the growth of your child. You can prepare a puree of these vegetables and serve it with rice for easy consumption. Brown bread, almonds and dark chocolate are also rich in magnesium. 

Vitamins A and D

Lack of vitamin A and D can lead to underdeveloped muscles and weak bone formation. To introduce vitamin D in your child’s diet, you can add marinated fatty fish like tuna and salmon, egg yolks and fortified vitamin D products such as dairy items (cheese), orange juice, baby cereals and soy milk. Carrots are also a rich source of vitamins.  Preferably, include dairy products daily in your child’s meal plan. 

Sodium

Sodium is an important nutrient for your child’s body as it helps maintain fluid balance.  You can add food items like bacon, salami, olives, ham, beetroot, celery, carrot, and spinach as a part of your child’s diet plan to make sure that there is no low sodium count in the body. 

Micronutrients play a vital role in the formation and development of your child‘s body− right from the cell to the bone. Lack of these nutrients leads to hidden hunger, which has many health adversities attached to it. For easy consumption, you can make a puree out of these food products and feed it to your child. A wholesome method to incorporate the above nutrients in your child’s meal plan is with a variety of fruits and vegetables. 

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