Here’s what you need to know about ensuring your child gets a balanced diet.
WORDS STEFFI TAN
Bibi Chia, principal dietitian at the Raffles Diabetes & Endocrine Centre says that the ideal diet for a child is for it to be a well-balanced one. She recommends the following guide from the Environmental Working Group for parents to follow when working out their child’s meal plan:
Recommended number of servings for children per day
Examples of 1 serving
Such servings could be derived from a mix of organic and non-organic food items. The idea is when picking out food items, parents should focus on nutritional information and look for lower fat, sugar, sodium, and higher fibre and calcium options, says Chia.
It’s never a bad idea to have your child start eating right as early as possible. The objective here is to keep making choices that will make your child’s meals a little healthier at a time, and switching out foods that are pesticide-filled or additive-ridden to organic substitutes is a step in the right direction. Ensuring that your child is consuming healthy foods starting from his or her early years will set the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating!