IMPORTANCE OF FIBER IN KIDS DIETS

IMPORTANCE OF FIBER IN KIDS DIETS


Many kids don’t get enough fiber.
 
A recent study in the united states reveals that 3 out of 4 preschoolers consume too many processed foods and not enough fiber. 

It is very important to start life properly with a healthy diet. Children who consume foods with high quantity of fiber are more likely to grow into adults who consume enough fiber.

Studies show that fiber intake drops significantly as children grow from toddlers to school age. Children between the ages two and three years average close to the recommended levels of dietary fiber while those between four and five fall short. This lack of fiber consumption is attributed to the consumption of large amounts of processed foods with high fats and sugars such as pizza, chips, and cookies.


Research shows that when kids eat more fiber, they eat less sugar and they are more apt to be slender. That's because fiber-rich foods (those with at least 2.5 grams per serving) are low in calories and take a long time to digest. Another benefit of fiber is that is helps keeps blood sugar and insulin levels steady, which prevents the body from storing unneccessary fat.

Consumption of fiber rich diet on a regular basis can prove effective for children dealing with random constipation (defined as less than 2-3 bowel movements per day). Children are susceptible to constipation especially when they consume dietary products or highly refined foods which do not contain fiber. In fact, there is medical evidence that proves that children with low fiber intakes are at prone to chronic constipation.


Fiber intake is also effective on the lungs, it has the ability to reduce blood glucose concentrations, reduce inflammation and enhance antioxidant processes. All of these factors are effective in protecting the lungs against environmental toxins including second hand smoke. Did you now that fiber can even help in fighting off the effects of second hand smoke? A research in Asia studied people who grew up in the midst of smokers reveal that those who consumed more than 7.5 grams of fiber per day (about the amount in 2 apples) developed less health problems associated with second hand smoke.


Fiber helps control cholesterol and protext against some cancers. Fiber has so many qualities that we should be paying more attention to in our children's diet.

So, how much fiber should our kids be consuming on a daily basis? The united states dietetic association suggests employing the age +5 rule. For instance, an 8-year-old child would need a total of 13 grams of fiber every day for optimal health. This could come from whole foods or dietary supplements.

By feeding their children enough fiber-rich foods, parents are most definitely providing the important nutrients for them as well. One easy way to get more fiber into their diets is to turn to whole-grain products and high-fiber cereals. Additionally, children really like sweet potato, baked beans, grapes and oranges, they’re all rich sources of high-fiber foods.

The importance of fiber in children’s diet cannot be overemphasized and by encouraging our children to eat more healthy dose of fiber daily, we’re placing them on the right path and helping them build good habits that will last a lifetime.

Did you know Sweet Sprouts Nutritionals shakes are fiber-rich? They contain 2.5 grams of fiber per serving and kids love the taste of our shakes!
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