Light food for children: yes or no?
A product is considered to be light when it has been eliminated from fat or sugar foods or drinks, thus reducing its caloric value, in the case of fats they are reduced by 30% less than the original product and in the case of Foods that contain sugars are replaced by sweeteners. But, is it healthy f
A product is considered to be light when it has been eliminated from fat or sugar foods or drinks, thus reducing its caloric value, in the case of fats they are reduced by 30% less than the original product and in the case of Foods that contain sugars are replaced by sweeteners. But, is it healthy for children to eat light foods?
Should children take light foods?
Fats are essential for brain development and as an energy contribution to the period of maximum growth and development of the child, thereforeconsuming light foods is not recommended, although if it is done sporadically it does not have a negative effect on the child's health
If sugars are to be suppressed from the diet, the consumption of fresh fruits and dried fruits should be increased. If you are going for light products without sugars, bear in mind that they are replaced by sweeteners that are consumed in excess and cause tooth decay and the body alters caloric perception by stimulating more consumption.What happens if my child has problems with overweight or childhood hypercholesterolemia?
In these cases you should review the child's diet and physical exercise, probably with some changes your health status improves, some tips:
Increase the consumption of vegetables le, legumes and whole grains. -Consume yoghurts
, milk, nuts, dried fruits and fresh fruits at snack time. -Increase consumption of white
, blue fish, choose lean meats and remove visible fat from birds (such as chicken skin before cooking). -Eliminate the industrial bakery
, processed foods, sweets, sugary drinks, sausages, snack (fried potatoes) etc. -Encourage daily physical activity (games in the park, team games, etc.).
If after implementing all these recommendations, there is no improvement in the child (although I doubt it a lot), the pediatrician will be consulted to see if it is necessary to introduce light foods in children with hypercholesterolemia in children,in that case it is recommended in children over 2 years of age semi-skimmed products and only in children over 5 years of age skimmed.