Feeding kids can be a tricky business, particularly with so much misinformation and so many mistruths flying around about what is good, bad, right and wrong when it comes to providing nutrition.
With so much information, parents often feel overwhelmed, and many of them have fallen for some totally false food myths about kids, like these right here.
1. Veggies Need To Be Hidden
When you have a picky eater, it’s easy to fall back on the idea of ‘hiding’ vegetables in your child’s food. While this does provide them with extra nutrition, it fails to educate them about the benefits of eating vegetables, something that will be detrimental when they head out into the world on their own. Getting your child to like certain foods is difficult, with some children simply refusing to eat. But if you dedicate yourself to working with them, showing them that vegetables can taste good in various dishes, and not folding to cooking them their own meal, you’ll get there in the end.
2. Soy Is Bad
For some reason in recent years, soy products have copped a hell of a beating in the public eye, particularly in terms of whether they should be given to children. Foods like tofu, soy milk, edamame and other soy-based foods are actually totally ok for kids, in moderation, and in the case of girls, they might actually reduce their breast cancer risk. For those parents worried about the potential GMOs in soy, you can always opt for the organic version.
3. Kids Should Have Fruit Juice
We aren’t really sure when the idea of kids ‘needing’ fruit juice in their diet came about. While fruit juice is a convenient way to get fruit into a child’s diet, the lack of fibre present in the juice means it’s not really that healthy, and in fact, might be quite unhealthy. Always opt for actual whole fruit whenever possible, reserving juices for treats.