5 products that you won't find in my child's diet
A roof over your head, a full belly and happy parents are probably all that a child needs to be happy. However, it is worth paying attention to what gets into the bellies of the people we love the most in the world. Nutrition and eating habits developed from the first years of life will certainly have a huge impact on who and what our children will be.
That's why I don't knowingly include the following products in my child's diet:
Sugars are naturally present in food - and very good, because we need them very much. We find them in fruits, vegetables in milk. By writing in the heading "sugar" I mean this food - refined, obtained mainly from beets or sugar cane - in practice the sucrose itself - in this form absolutely unnecessary in the diet of a human, especially a child. Consumed in measure sugar leads to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, over-stimulation, and worst of all - addictive. You can find it almost everywhere, and certainly 99% of yoghurts, cereals, juices, drinks, jams or ketchup and mayonnaise, not to mention sweets.
If you do not want to give up sugar in your family, and you want to make healthier choices, replace refined sugar with unrefined sugar or honey, stevia, fructose or natural syrups - for example agave.
Similar to sugar, in my child's diet, you will not find glucose-frctose syrup, i.e. any product that contains it. This is the number one food enemy of a healthy child. I don't understand why they pack it everywhere, including most (if not all) baby syrups. I know it's very cheap to produce, but is that all that matters? There are so many healthy ingredients that will also make the medicine taste better. Personally, I sweeten the cookies and porridge with fruit. Plain "sugar" really does not need him. What's more - since my child does not eat sugar, he is not used to its taste and the sweetness level of the fruit is sufficient for him.
To date, I have not been able to find a sausage worth serving to the child. So I don't give it, and if I have to, I will eat it in secret. We replace them with home-baked pate, at the sight of which the child squeals with joy.
And I don't mean squeezed juices, but 99% of the "juices" available on our shelves - almost all of them in a carton, but more and more often in a bottle, which contain sugar and are made of concentrated juice or syrup, highly processed. I mainly serve water, sometimes teas and herbs. When it comes to juices, I plan to invest in a juicer that will squeeze the best from vegetables and fruits with a slow screw movement. And we can add it to the spelled porridge for breakfast or freeze it for delicious summer ice cream.
You also often ask me how I do it, that my child drinks water and a lot of water. He just knows nothing else besides water, tea and herbs, hence he loves it. As I wrote before - sugar is addictive and it is no wonder that a child who is used to juices refuses to drink water.
You are probably shocked.
I rejected farmed fish from the child's diet due to the fact that I do not know in what conditions they were bred, what they were fed, and what amount of antibiotics they received. I rejected wild fish due to the fact that during freezing they are often covered with a "glaze" containing not only water, but also food chemicals. We live by the sea, so we could get the baby fresh fish, but I still read that the concentration of heavy metals in fish from our sea is so high that I don't want to risk it. Instead, I give my child healthy, unrefined oils every day: coconut, sunflower or linseed oils, as well as omega acids.
By the way, I will tell you a secret, how to recognize if the fish is really fresh? When you throw a fish into the water, stale fish will float and fresh fish will sink to the bottom - amazing isn't it? I would bet it's quite the opposite!
By this I mean trying to eliminate processed foods from baby food. Flavors, dyes, preservatives or monosodium glutamate ... and all the rest that is described as sodium benzoate, sulfites, nitrites and sulfur dioxide. No product that contains them ends up on our child's plate. So, unfortunately, cold cuts also do not. Instead, we serve roasted meats and pates.
My best advice: always read the composition.
Buy consciously. Know what you give. Even if you decide to eliminate other ingredients from your diet than us, be aware. Your child probably can't read yet, and certainly cannot analyze food compositions. Don't worry if today your diet is full of the above products, and you want to change it - the sooner you start, the easier it will be to develop healthy habits in children.
Probably many of you will say that I will not protect your child from any of the above-mentioned products and he is absolutely right - but the longer we do it, the more chance we give our children for health.
If you are lost in the maze of all these ingredients, you do not know how to read the labels, what to buy and what should end up on your child's plate (and preferably yours) - be sure to invest less than PLN 25 in the bookReplace chemistry with food". I still use it.
What did I think about at the end? That it is also worth stop justifying and apply all of the above principles to yourself. I keep my fingers crossed! For you too! Because it's worth changing.
And what does your children's diet look like? Would you like to change something?
PS Thank you Beti 🙂
Unfortunately, nowadays fish is almost always muck and bought and those that you can catch yourself. Sweets, please see how charged they have vein closers and what influences chronic obesity, i.e. glucose-fructose syrup. Fruits and vegetables are the best solutions, you need to read the ingredients of each product.
Since I have a baby, I pay more attention to the composition. Healthy food is our health. Obesity prevention is our responsibility. for the sake of their health, for the health of their joints and spine. There is far too little talk about it.
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A great article. Any parent who cares about their child's health and development should read this. For us, reading the composition is essential. It is worth making children aware from an early age.
Every parent has different rules. Personally, I would not go to such a strong extreme. Healthy, not healthy, a harmful microelement sometimes has to enter the body (of course, in a small amount) so that the immune system is able to get to know it and immunize.
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Very good note - always read the compositions! Working as a clinical dietitian, I very often make my patients sensitive to it. The choice in stores is really huge. Therefore, if we do not read the ingredients, products that are only seemingly healthy may be added to our basket; (
Eliminating sugar from a child's diet is perceived by many as a whim - in fact, it is the responsibility of every conscious parent. It will not really hurt your baby if we give him delicious, but very healthy snacks instead of sweets. After all, the health of our child should be the most important for us - and sugar wreaks havoc in the body, and children who eat sweets will probably remain addicted to sugar all their lives.
More and more people pay more attention to what they eat and give to children. It makes me very happy 😀 Some time ago I read the book "Stop the Day", which refers to this topic. It gives a positive, life kick: -D It's hard to break away from it. I heartily recommend
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You don't even know how happy we are, welcome to the club dear
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It's a Lassig bag - it's absolutely wonderful, I bought it at TK Maxx for less than PLN 150 🙂
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My daughter is 8,5 months old and I have the same opinion about what to eat. Sometimes I hear that a child should eat everything and get used to this chemical world. But why harm such a small child? All you need to do is move your head a little, because healthy food is neither that expensive nor so difficult to obtain. As a rule, I don't buy almost anything that is written specifically for children. it always turns out that the quality is worse than for adults (lots of sugar!). I often visit eco stores, and in supermarkets I look at the lowest and highest shelves. I motivated my mother who has a piece of the garden to grow vegetables, and I am looking for reliable farmers. For example, it was difficult to get apples that were not sprayed or rather spattered very little, but it worked. It also turned out that, for example, broccoli this year was sprayed once a week because of some pest, so we only use a jar (my daughter likes it very much). And we eat yoghurts with my husband in bulk (my daughter has not tried it yet), but from goat's milk and only our own production - it's very easy (I buy bacteria online). I only sweeten with fruit - e.g. banana, grape juice (grapes from the plot, sprinkled only with nettle decoction) or naturally dried dates. And that's how we do it. Cheers 🙂
Aguś, you do not even know how my heart rejoices reading such words! I've also heard about chemical hardening of a child, but if I have a choice, I can't imagine and don't want to. I do not see any reason to stuff the baby with chemicals or GMOs, or with sugar, which seems so innocent, because children and sweets are a perfect duo! It's wonderful that Mamcia managed to set up a garden, I am envious of you! Mine is a regular visitor to eco exchanges and searches for only treasures for us, which then detoxifies them in a dark pot in water with non-iodized salt. The child has time for chemistry - let's face it - he will not avoid it anyway!
I read "Swap chemistry for food" over a year ago and I think it's time to refresh it. One of the things that surprised me a lot at the time was just adding milk powder to yoghurts. Then I looked carefully at the shelves in the store and it was really difficult to find natural yogurt without it, and as it was, it was more expensive. And you gave up yoghurts at all or do you make your own?
As for the screw extruder, I definitely recommend it. We were given an Oscar Christmas gift and this is one of the most successful gifts. We don't like juices from the store anymore :-), and peanut butter comes out great!
Oh yes, this book needs to be refreshed.
We eat yoghurts in our family very little, we try to buy only those without powdered milk - I have one proven brand and I try to stick to it. Our mother has a juicer and we borrow nettle juice, you can't squeeze otherwise and the juices from the store? what juices? 😉 my son has never drunk such a juice - once I tried to give him a carrot, he was very dissatisfied 🙂
and I think it's not even a light, but a sharp bend. It will happen that your kid in kindergarten / nursery / school hides and eats this baton in secret or drinks some juice. Children should eat everything and sweets too, only in very small amounts. Bending to either side is not good.
Nieststy totally disagree with you. My child is only 1,5 and he does not need any sweets at this stage. He sees other children eat them, but he has his healthy snacks. I am aware that my whole life will not avoid sweets, but the longer the healthier. I bake him cookies with fruit, which are naturally very sweet, I see no reason for the child to eat what is found in popular bars at the age of 1,5. Preservatives, hardeners and mass of chemicals that are not healthy or valuable at all. Eat because others eat? No sense. And we make the juice ourselves and serve it with porridge, so let's not buy it at all. He doesn't need to eat these things because he never ate them. Like I have never eaten caviar and I am not attracted to it at all because I do not know its taste.
Great post! I support such rational nutrition! I do not have children, but I watch my good friend feed her child. From birth, he is on artificial milk (because it is so convenient), soups and desserts from jars, yoghurts, sweet rolls and cookies. And all this is accompanied by the eternal complaints that the child has skin problems (supposedly tear) and rashes (supposedly allergic to carrots - but only the one in the jar). What's worse, the Young is not yet 2 years old, and he already has health problems.
Oh alas, but we are what we eat. Milk in yoghurt is very often of terrible quality, with a lot of additives, powdered milk and ordinary chemicals ... and somehow, especially children's products have very long compositions and what do sugar (sucrose) and glucose-fructose syrup do there, usually horrible in a duet. For this modified starch, flavors, dyes, milk proteins - after all, when making cottage cheese at home, we would not consciously add to the child! But, unfortunately, a large part of us, instead of reading labels, trusts advertising and inscriptions "for children". However, I sincerely hope that this will change and more and more people will want to know, check, and not take it blind.
I always try to read the ingredients of what I eat, yet I often buy something "junk". For the most part - sweets, I am addicted to them, unfortunately. I know that I could make sweets for myself, without unnecessary chemicals, but what can I say, I'm lazy ... But I pay a lot of attention to what our daughter eats. Due to her age, I still have control over it. But as you know, the example comes from above, so in the end I will have to be more decisive and firm with myself 🙂
Oh so exactly! We have the stage of eating the same as my parents and so far I can often give a replacement for what I eat, for example, the dish is not suitable for the age of the toddler, but it is getting harder, so I take care of our menu even more. We don't use sugar at home, we don't buy sweets (but sometimes we get 😉), so thanks to the child we also take better care of ourselves, so everything is a plus 🙂
I agree absolutely 100%.
I don't have children myself, but if I have enough money I will also feed (or rather not) in such a way. I only had water at home, today, as a 20-year-old, I hate the taste of Coca Cola. I don't sweeten tea and coffee and I know people who won't drink teaspoons without 2.
The funniest thing for me is to see parents who, for example, wash the child only under the armpits and on the water-tip because "soap chemicals", "allergies" and "dry the skin", but give sausages with the text "oh, 90% ham meat".
Very, very good approach and great post, best regards.
Thank you for your words. You don't even know how happy I am that more and more people care about what they eat, what their child feeds, thanks to this, there is a chance that producers will start to care more and what they sell to us. And this will all be good dobre