Day: October 17, 2020

Kids and rice cakes. It just seems like a healthy choice. But not so long ago the story was that it is better not to give your children too many rice cakes. The reason for this is that rice products contain the substance arsenic . Rice cakes specifically contain the highest dose of this. This substance can damage nerves and blood vessels in the long term, but also increases the risk of cancer.

There was a strong reaction to this message, especially abroad. But the Dutch Nutrition Center and the European Food Safety Authority advise not to give rice cakes every day. As an alternative, you can give corn waffles or crackers, for example.

The same also applies to all other rice products; occasionally is fine, but preferably not every day.

We all know that eating too salty is not a healthy diet. But why?

Salt is the main carrier of the nutrient sodium . The body uses this substance to regulate fluid balance and blood pressure. In addition, it also ensures proper functioning of muscle and nerve cells.

A sodium deficiency is actually rare, this is because you get a lot of salt through food and the body releases little of it. Too much salt, on the other hand. And especially with kids, this can occur extra quickly. The kidneys of young children are not yet strong enough to process a lot of salt. Too much salt can damage the kidneys later in life.

Dietary advice salt

It is therefore recommended not to give too salty products until they are four years old. This includes, for example, regular cheese, cheese spread, meat products, ready-to-eat sauces and snacks.

But also make sure that you do not add too much salt to the food you cook. And salt is often added to vegetables from a can or jar. That is why frozen vegetables or fresh vegetables are a better choice when it comes to healthy food.

But which nutrients then?

We are overloaded with messages about what we should not give our kids. So let’s also take a look at what is good and what falls under healthy food.

As we mentioned above, nutrients are building materials that the body functions on. So there is a lot of good to be gained from what you do give to a child. Healthy eating is of course the basis, but small kids need a little extra from a number of nutrients. This includes vitamin D, iron and omega-3 fatty acids.

Then your body uses them as an energy supply, but also for the repair of the body and for all processes that are regulated within it.

Healthy food

To get all the nutrients we need, it is important to eat a healthy diet according to the Wheel of Five . But if for some reason your kids do not eat varied enough (for example when they are vegetarian or vegan ), they may still be missing some substances. Even if they only consume healthy food. In such a case, you can consider adding nutritional supplements. But it is important that you do this under professional guidance.

Incorrect dietary supplements

Recent research has shown that multivitamins for toddlers are often not well matched to their needs. For example, a number of brands contain an ‘unacceptably high dose’ of vitamin A or folic acid. And that can be dangerous.

Nutrients to watch out for with kids

Because children do not yet have everything they need to process certain substances, too much of something can in some cases cause health problems. That is why it is good for young children to pay extra attention to which nutrients are in which food. Because what we see as healthy food can sometimes be different for the little ones.

Note with: vitamin A.

Vitamin A (retinol) is generally found in animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy. But especially liver contains a lot of vitamin A. This nutrient is very important for, for example, the growth, eyes and resistance of a child.

The downside is that when you consume too much of it, vitamin A can cause poisoning. Now this will not happen very quickly in adults. For them, the safe upper limit is 3,000 micrograms per day. But for children up to three years old, this is 800 micrograms per day. However, the recommended daily allowance is between 300 and 350 micrograms for children up to five years old.

As a spread of liver sausage or pâté on bread, it is therefore not recommended for young children. There is 1,200 micrograms of vitamin A in one sandwich with pâté or spread liver sausage. That is four times the recommended daily allowance and one and a half times the maximum upper limit.

If you want to give vegetarian spread sausage as an alternative, please note that it often contains a lot of salt.

Vitamin A poisoning

The symptoms of vitamin A poisoning are: headache, nausea , dizziness, fatigue and abnormalities of the eyes, skin and skeleton. In pregnant women, this can increase the risk of birth defects in the baby.

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