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A Complete Diet for Kids

by Medindia Content Team on March 11, 2006 at 1:04 PM
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A Complete Diet for Kids

Eating a healthy die is very essential to maintain one's health in a good condition. Foods which are rich in nutrients such as fruits and vegetables along with exercise make a complete diet for kids. It prevents chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, obesity and hypertension. A perfect diet should contain the following: Proteins: they are present in lean meats, eggs, beans, nuts and they help build muscle and build up the immune system. Carbohydrates boost energy and are present in starches, sugar, whole grains. Fats provide essential fatty acids. Vitamins and minerals are present in fruits, vegetables and whole grains which are essential in regulating body processes, strengthen cell function and growth and protect the body against illness.

Water is very essential and it presents as a medium for vital body processes to occur. According to scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center abundance of fats and sugars in the diet result in excess weight and chronic disease. By avoiding these foods one can actually help improve memory.

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Stephen Mitchell, pediatric dentist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham said that sweetened drinks can prevent the development of strong teeth, which are essential for chewing, speech development and healthy smiles. To prevent decay, Mitchell suggested wiping the infant's gums with a clean gauze pad after each feeding.

In an effort to combat obesity researchers from Children's Hospital Boston have devised a way to cut back on the sugar habit. Cara Ebbeling and Dr. David Ludwig endocrinologists conducted a test in which 103 adolescents ages 13 to 18 were offered a $100 mall gift certificate if they stuck with the six-month study.
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50% of the kids were on a strict health drink and the rest followed their normal routine. At the end of the study the kids who were under the health drink reduced their sweet consumption by 82 % and this had an impact on their weight. Ebbeling calculated a single 12-ounce sugar-sweetened drink a day comes out to about 1 pound of extra fat over three to four weeks. She said that other health-promoting studies are going to school. With the number of obese children in the United States approaching 9 million, the University of Michigan Health System decided to pair up with local middle schools in the project named The Project Healthy Schools program which hopes of trim the extra flesh. This is a12 week program which includes consumption of fruits and vegetables, 150 minute physical activity a week, better beverage choices and eat less fatty food items. Patricia Rose, Slauson Middle School principal feels that students with a balanced diet fare well in their studies.

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