Babies and Toddlers Still Don’t Have a Balanced Diet – According to a US Study

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I do love it when medical studies echo what I say, or have said, for years. I sometimes feel like a broken record saying and writing the same things, over and over again. According to a recent study in Pediatrics, it seems that I need to keep going, and not stop! This CBC article expanded on the study and really said a lot of what I say every time I speak with a client or at a speaking engagement.

I know parents know that eating a colourful variety of fruits and vegetables, every day, is important for health. I wonder what the disconnect is between knowing it and it actually becoming a reality. When it comes time to feed babies and toddlers, according to their data collected from a total of 2,359 participants, they just aren’t getting enough.

Here are my thoughts on why this could be happening:

  • Parents don’t know how to make food for their baby and rely on store bought which has a limited variety of colourful fruit and veggies, especially the mineral rich leafy greens like kale, spinach, and chard.
  • After the first try of a food, if baby refuses, parents give up and don’t give it again. Ever.
  • Offering cereal first create a palate that expects bland food. Fruits and vegetables pack a taste (and nutrient) punch and if the bar gets set on bland and isn’t pushed further than that, taste buds are set there.
  • Store bought foods, both jars and pouches contain blends of foods, very little individual offerings, so baby doesn’t ever get a taste for individual fruit or vegetable. Everything offered has what I call a “blurry taste”.

The CBC article said:

“With the older children in the study, researchers found toddlers were more likely to consume fried white potatoes than green vegetables.”

If parent’s offer it, kids will eat it.

My continued quest to educate parents about feeding their babies super nutritious, tasty and varied foods will continue. My book, Sprout Right, has 75 recipes in it that all offer maximum nutrients mixed with ingredients like garlic, onions, cilantro, dill, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and more. Parents are often amazed that they can add these herbs and spices to their baby’s food.

There’s also The New Eaters Club that is a six-week online feeding and cooking class program that will have parents become their baby’s foodie expert, whipping up large batches of the most nutritious and tasty foods that they can offer, in no time, no matter what their level of cooking expertise.

Like I said, I’ll just keep saying the same things over and over again, hoping it will land and positively influence this next generation.

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