By Jennifer Nelson, M.S., R.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D.
To boost student performance, some schools have declared themselves “sugar-free” — meaning they don’t allow sugar-laden foods, such as cookies, candies, birthday treats or sweet drinks. Some of these schools report not only improved school performance but also a decrease in disciplinary actions. The evidence supporting these results is mixed, but who can argue with reducing the sugar in kids’ diets?
Well, some parents dislike being told what they can and can’t pack in their childrenR
By Norma DeVault, PhD, MBA, RD, LD
As a parent, you may be bombarded with confusing information about what and how much kids should eat. Your infant, toddler or teen is in a constant state of growth. His diet must provide enough calories and nutrients to support normal growth and development. Building bones to last a lifetime and steadily increasing blood volume and muscle mass takes energy and specific nutrients.
What your child eats affects his physical growth. An infant’
“Eat your breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day!” Why are parents always saying that?
Well, imagine you’re a car. After a long night of sleeping, your fuel tank is empty. Breakfast is the fuel that gets you going so you can hit the road.
What Should You Eat?
Any breakfast is better than no breakfast, but try not to have doughnuts or pastries all the tim
Avoiding foods with gluten and sugar is essential if you have a wheat intolerance or a hypoglycemic condition. But people who are sensitive to gluten and sugar, such as those with celiac disease or diabetes, are not the only ones who can benefit from a diet that eliminates these elements. Health and vigor is important for everyone and most people will benefit from staying away from foods loaded with gluten products and sugars. A strong immune system is one that does not have to struggle with foods that ask our digestive systems to work overtime, which sugar, for example, can do.