Monday, October 05, 2009

Healthy eating habits for kids start from young age

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By Dr Bill Maier

What kid wouldn't want "chocolate frosted sugar bombs" for breakfast? Especially if they know it's in the cupboard. It's hard to convince preschoolers to eat right once they've developed a taste for junk foods.

The key is to start them young on a healthy diet-while they're still eating out of a high chair. A good way to begin is to keep babies on breast milk or formula for at least the first year. You can introduce solid foods at around five months of age, but when you do, make sure it's pure and unadulterated. Avoid adding salt, or sweetening their food with sugar. You should also never give honey to a baby under the age of one. Honey can cause infant botulism and do damage to their nervous system.

Finally, avoid giving your baby a bottle or snack the second they become fussy. Using food as a pacifier only causes overeating and an emotional dependence on food.

From TODAY, Voices – Wednesday, 09-Sep-2009

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