A dash of TippiTopper to get your child to eat oatmeal or vegetables? Pediatricians say “do it,” according to a new study in Pediatrics.
New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasize the importance of introducing kids to a wide variety of whole foods. And, to do that, parents need to make food palatable. The study encourages parents to think of spices, sweeteners, fat and sugars as a way to make nutrient-rich foods more palatable to children. Glad the professionals are catching on!
This is why TippiTopper is such an effective mealtime aid – kids get flavor control with seasonings made just for them. And, parents have a healthy solution they can feel good about.
The paper illustrates five approaches to a healthy eating habit for their kids including:
1. Choosing mixed foods containing five food groups namely: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lower-fat dairy products and quality proteins like those of lean meats, eggs, fish, beans and nuts.
2. Parents should provide a wide variety of foods from each food group throughout the week.
3. Offering foods in their natural and least processed state.
4. Use small amounts of sugar, fat and salt in the diet and increasing means for healthy foods and drinks that the kids will love. Lastly, the appropriate-sized portions should be served depending on the child’s age.
Read more about the study at http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/36/3/31.1.full.