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  • Less valuable and desirable food

    Cakes, biscuits, cakes. The main objection to these dishes is based on the fact that they consist mainly of refined starch, sugar and fat. They have a lot of calories, and they quickly saturate the baby, but practically do not give him salts, vitamins, fiber and proteins. Sometimes they are called "inferior" food. They deceive the child, making him feel full, while he is hungry, or depriving him of his appetite for other, more useful food.

    Do not be too suspicious to treat such dishes and not allow the child to eat a cake at the birthday party. Only with constant consumption they are harmful. It makes no sense to cook them at home, if there is no special reason.

    Especially dangerous are various cakes with cream. In them, the bacteria multiply rapidly, if not keep them in the refrigerator. They are often the cause of food poisoning.

    Sweets are also undesirable in the child's diet. They quickly satisfy the appetite, deprive the appetite of more useful food and contribute to the destruction of teeth. If the child eats porridge or fruit without adding sugar, do not add it. If it is very important for him to have a small amount of sugar, honey or molasses, give it without controversy. But resolutely, although kindly do not allow to take a lot of sweets.

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    Jelly, jams and most canned fruit ( except for those specially prepared for children) contain a large amount of sugar, and it is better that the child does not get used to them. If a child eats bread and butter with only a small amount of jam, do not mind. If it is convenient for you to sometimes give him canned pears, before they are eaten by the whole family, drain the syrup first. It is believed that nuts, dates, prunes and figs, if they are eaten often, contribute to the destruction of teeth, because that stick to them and stay for a long time.

    Candies, ice cream, fruit water as sweet and "inferior" food bring with them special problems, because they are given between feedings, when they have the greatest impact on the appetite and teeth, and because the children love them. There is no reason why from time to time a child two or more years old should not be allowed to eat ice cream or candy after a meal, when the whole family enjoys it. But in breaks between meal of sweets it is better to avoid and even after meal not to give them on a regular basis. It is believed that the candies are especially bad for teeth, because sugar remains in the mouth for a long time.

    It is easier not to accustom the of a small child to sweets, if not keep them in the house, and do not buy ice cream and fruit water. It is much more difficult to do this with school-age children, when everyone around them enjoys it. The mother does not like that her child seemed an exception or a sissy. If he eats sweets sometimes, it's best to let him share it with other children. But if he constantly demands them and especially if he has bad teeth, it is better for parents to strictly limit the number of sweets and allow them to eat only in special cases.

    The fact that the child loves sweets, often parents themselves are to blame. Children love sweets primarily because their growing body recognizes in them a wealth of calories. But it is not necessary that the non-spoiled child demand them more and more. Some small children do not like sweets. Dr. Clara Davis, in her experiments, provided the children with a variety of natural foods and found that ultimately the children needed only a small amount of sweet food.

    I believe that an unreasonable desire for sweets is caused primarily by the parents themselves. The mother tries to force the child to finish the vegetables and says: "Until you eat spinach, you will not get ice cream" or "If you eat all the porridge, I'll give you a candy."When you do not give something( or give it as a reward), it strengthens the child's desire. The result is exactly the opposite of what the mother wanted: the child no longer likes spinach or porridge and increasingly loves ice cream and sweets. In a joke I say that the only safe way to bribe a child with food is to tell him: "Do not get spinach until you finish making ice cream."And seriously I advise never to to hold one dish until it's eaten by another. Let the child think that ordinary food is as tasty as sweets. If one day he first sees a dessert and asks for it, give it willingly.

    Corn, rice and higher grade flour are less valuable than coarse flour and oats. Corn and rice are relatively poor in vitamins and valuable proteins( even before cleaning), compared with oats, rye and wheat flour. Grain processing deprives him of most of vitamins, mineral salts and cellulose. Therefore, it is necessary to give less often such products as cereals from peeled white groats, white bread, pasta, spaghetti, noodles, crackers( except those from wholemeal flour), rice porridge and hominy, etc. The same applies to desserts from these products: cornstarch, rice, tapioca. If you use rice as a substitute for potatoes in porridge and puddings, it is better to take unpolished brown rice. Enriched white bread contains partly the original complex vitamin B, but it still lacks the ingredients of white bread from wholemeal flour.

    Perhaps you will decide that I exaggerate the danger of sweets and starches. I do not at all want to turn you into a fanatic who scolds friends if they serve white bread, or wanders around food stores of healthy food in search of raw and unclean foods. But there are many children who get their daily portion of carbohydrates in this form: breakfast - rice or semolina porridge( very sweet) and a slice of white bread with jam;dinner - pasta, white bread and jam;afternoon snack - ice cream;dinner - corn flakes, cake and corn pudding. Even if such a child eats vegetables, fruits, meat and milk, he still receives two thirds of the food in the form of "inadequate" food.

    Coffee and tea for children are not suitable, because they displace milk and because they contain a stimulant caffeine. Most of the children are already quite excited. Addition of a tablespoon of coffee or tea to a child's milk is permissible only if the child likes to do everything "as an adult".But most children find it easier and even better not to try these drinks.

    Frozen food is as good for children as fresh or canned if properly cooked. When frozen, as in cooking, the chemical composition of food changes;in this form it is better absorbed - both by humans and bacteria. In other words, cooked or frozen food spoils faster than raw and unprepared, because poisonous bacteria quickly reproduce in it.

    If you stay in the refrigerator for a long time, milk and dishes cooked with milk( puddings, confectionery, stuffing), vegetables, poultry, minced meat are most likely to deteriorate.