Health & Nutrition

SCHOOLS SAY NO TO SUGAR FOODS

Schools Say No to Sugar Foods By Jennifer Nelson, M.S., R.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D. To boost student performance, some schools have declared themselves “sugar-free” — meaning they don’t allow sugar-laden foods, such as cookies, candies, birthday treats or sweet drinks. Some of these schools report not only improved school performance but also a decrease in disciplinary actions. The evidence supporting these results is mixed, but who can argue with reducing the sugar in kids’ diets? Well, some parents dislike being told what they can and can’t pack in their children’s lunchboxes. And I’ll admit that I have some mixed feelings on the issue too. Childhood obesity is an enormous problem, but diet is only part of the solution. We need to teach kids and families how to make healthy lifestyle choices about diet — and about physical activity. Children need to understand how daily physical activity fits into a healthy lifestyle, but unfortunately recess and physical education classes are....

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THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION FOR CHILDREN

THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION FOR CHILDREN By Norma DeVault, PhD, MBA, RD, LD As a parent, you may be bombarded with confusing information about what and how much kids should eat. Your infant, toddler or teen is in a constant state of growth. His diet must provide enough calories and nutrients to support normal growth and development. Building bones to last a lifetime and steadily increasing blood volume and muscle mass takes energy and specific nutrients. Growth What your child eats affects his physical growth. An infant’s birth weight typically triples in the first year. Toddlers between the ages of 1 and 3 years gain about 1/2 lb. and 0.4 inches in height per month, and preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5 years gain about 4.4 lb. and 2.75 inches per year. During the school years, your child will likely gain about 7 lb. and grow 2.5 inches in height, according to Judith Brown in “Nutrition Through the....

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READY SET BREAKFAST

READY SET BREAKFAST by kidshealth.org “Eat your breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day!” Why are parents always saying that? Well, imagine you’re a car. After a long night of sleeping, your fuel tank is empty. Breakfast is the fuel that gets you going so you can hit the road. What Should You Eat? Any breakfast is better than no breakfast, but try not to have doughnuts or pastries all the time. They’re high in calories, sugar, and fat. They also don’t contain the nutrients a kid really needs. And if you have a doughnut for breakfast, you won’t feel full for long. Just like with other meals, try to eat a variety of foods, including: * fruit * vegetables * grains ( make at least half your grains whole grains) * protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dry beans, nuts, and seeds) * dairy products ( lowfat or fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt) Breakfast Ideas First, the traditional....

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A LIST OF GLUTEN & SUGAR FREE FOODS

A LIST OF GLUTEN & SUGAR FREE FOODS Avoiding foods with gluten and sugar is essential if you have a wheat intolerance or a hypoglycemic condition. But people who are sensitive to gluten and sugar, such as those with celiac disease or diabetes, are not the only ones who can benefit from a diet that eliminates these elements. Health and vigor is important for everyone and most people will benefit from staying away from foods loaded with gluten products and sugars. A strong immune system is one that does not have to struggle with foods that ask our digestive systems to work overtime, which sugar, for example, can do. Vegetables Vegetables are naturally free of gluten and processed sugar, as corroborated by the both the Vegetarian Society and the Celiac Society. Cooking them can often compromise their purity. Frying veggies in flour that contains gluten or adding sauces that contain wheat or barley as a filler or thickener should be....

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