Obesity in children has become a global pandemic. This may be the direct result of poor lifestyles our kids are leading to have which could translate into more serious health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease earlier than they usually be.
Food additives, and sodium benzoate, according to a study, could affect the behavior of our children. Sodium benzoate is a preservative found in many sodas and fruit drinks and has been linked to cell damage and to an increased risk for cancer. The study indicated that children who consumed drinks containing additives, by which to include sodium benzoate and food coloring found in commercially available drinks, are said to be displaying significantly more hyperactive behavior and shorter attention spans.
The old adage that says “you are what you eat” is true enough, at least, serving as a warning that we should be careful about what goes onto our children’s plates. Many children, according to a survey, are eating less nutritious foods, and shows that if it’s not a lack of good food, the problem could be an excess of the wrong food:
- Kids who eat no fruit and few vegetables.
- Mostly of these kids are overweight.
- Their calcium and iron intake are inadequate.
- These kids often eat take-out and commercial snack foods.
Parents should be correcting such a kind of problem now, if this was the case with their kids, to achieve better health for their children beginning from childhood, to teenage years, and up until they reach adulthood. Children should be encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle and eat a better diet each day with:
- An extra glass of milk and fruit juices.
- Skipping the soft drinks, salty chips, and fried foods.
- An extra serving of vegetables.
- One more piece of fresh fruit.
- One more glass of clean water.
- An extra serving of rice, pasta, or noodles.