7 Common Myths about Kid’s Nutrition

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The increase in childhood obesity and related diseases has led many parents to try to clean up their kids’ diet. However, despite the best of intentions, there are dozens of nutritional myths out there, and knowing what they are can help you to keep your kids, and your family, at their healthiest.

Myth: Having junk food at school makes kids fat
We would never advocate a school regularly selling cookies and chips to children, whether in the lunchroom or via a vending machine. However, recent studies gave a possible explanation that dietary patterns that start from home is the deciding factor in whether or not he or she is at a healthy weight.

Myth: Vitamins can fix a poor diet
Studies indicate that kids with poor diets who take vitamins daily are still often deficient in vitamin D and calcium, as well as other essential vitamins and minerals. So what they eat does matter.

Myth: Drinking cow’s milk gives kids strong bones
True, calcium, which is available in copious amounts in cow’s milk, is essential for bone growth and maintenance. However, without being physically fit, it’s not really possible for bones to be as strong as they should be. Exercise is paramount to bone health and cannot be replaced with even the highest levels of calcium.

Myth: Sports drinks are essential for rehydration
The amount of sugar in most sports drinks increase the risks for obesity and tooth decay. And, according to recent studies, it’s not really possible for kids to exercise so much that they actually require a sports drink for rehydration. As in most cases, plain water is perfect.

Myth: Starve a fever, feed a cold, or Visa-Versa
Although children may lose their appetites when they are sick, it is still important to encourage adequate nutritious food and fluid intake to help with recovery.

Myth: Chocolate and fried foods cause acne
Research has shown acne is primarily associated with hormonal changes in adolescence rather than due to the consumption of chocolate and/or high fat food.

Myth: Potato chips count as a vegetable in the Food Guide Pyramid
While your child may put up a convincing argument to the merits of potato chips, however, potato chips are high in fat, calories, sodium and sometimes sugar depending on if they are flavored. Potatoes are found in the vegetable category, potato chips are not.