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4 ways to manage junk food

Focus on nutrients

Keep your child occupied with all of the good things his or her body needs.

Your toddler needs over 40 nutrients each day for a healthy diet. They also need lots of healthy fats, like monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and DHA, to support the rapid growth of their brains. Now, consider how small your toddler’s stomach is — that’s a lot of nutrients to fit in such a small space. So, next time it seems easier to give in to a request for junk food, consider how the sugary or salty treat will take up valuable space in your child’s tummy. Focus on filling him or her up with the good stuff, so that there’s no room left for the bad.

References

  1. 2008 FITS study.
  2. Castle & Jacobsen. Chapter 2. IN: Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School.
  3. American Academy of Pediatrics. Energy Drinks (caffeine) intake and children.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preschooler obesity rates.
  5. KidsHealth.org. Caffeine and Your Child.
  6. National Institutes of Health. Caffeine Use in Children: What we know, what we have left to learn, and why we should worry.
  7. MedScape. AAP Guidelines Nix Energy Drinks for Children, Teens.

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