Want a healthy baby?
Then there are some foods that you should cut back on, or cut off from your baby’s diet. While these food won’t cause harm to your baby, it isn’t nutritious and might increase the risk of some diseases.
1. Fast food and junk food
Called ‘sometimes’ foods, or ‘discretionary’ foods, those included in this category are hot chips, potato chips, pies, burgers, takeaway pizza, cakes, chocolate, lollies, biscuits, doughnuts, and pastries. Of course, this is an non-exhaustive list.
These foods are high in salt, saturated fat and sugar, and low in fiber and nutrients. They exist for the sole reason of attracting your child with their bright colours and tastiness. However, consuming too much of these can increase the risk of childhood obesity and conditions like type-2 diabetes.
2. Sweet drinks
Fruit juice, cordials, sports drinks, flavoured waters, soft drinks, and flavoured milks – avoid them at all costs. They are high in sugar and low in nutrients. Too much of it can cause weight gain, obesity, and tooth decay. It can also fill your child up and make them less hungry for healthy meals. It will potentially kick off an unhealthy lifelong habit for your child too – getting them hooked on sweet drinks for life.
Caffeine isn’t recommended for children, as it stops the body from absorbing calcium well. It is also a stimulant, and could give your children artificial energy and stop them from having their much needed sleep. Those in this category include coffee, tea, energy drinks, and chocolate.
Source: Raising Children.