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Thekiantra Morriston
Published: 01 Dec 2022

The importance of introducing a variety of foods to your little one

Child development is a priority for most mothers. As a mother, seeing her child healthy, intelligent and active certainly makes her mother proud. One way to achieve these goals is to provide the child with the right food.

Neighbors who have children, have you ever realized the variety of food you serve to your baby? It turns out that the diversity of food, starting from the ingredients to the way of presentation, has a big influence on the growth and development of children, both psychologically and physically. Here are some of the advantages of a variety of dishes.

Preventing malnutrition

Neighbors all know that food sources that are never changed can affect the absorption of nutrients? In this world there is no food that has complete nutrition to meet all the macro and micro nutrients, vitamins and minerals needed by the human body. As a result of this, children who are growing need a variety of foods to complement each other's lack of each ingredient.

A diverse diet prevents disease

taking the example of white rice, white rice comes from rice that has been peeled from the skin, bran, and shoots. It is known that the bran and shoots of rice have a high content of vitamins and minerals. With the process of "whitening" rice, vitamins and minerals from rice are also wasted. Thinking of white rice as the only source of carbohydrates can make a person affected by anemia due to lack of minerals. Not only that, the sugar content in white rice can cause type-2 diabetes in the long term. Certainly not what we expect to happen to our children.

Increase the child's appetite

Children in the golden age are at a time when they have high curiosity. By giving new food variants, children can feel and know the flavors of food that they did not know before. This is of course important for children to develop their knowledge of food.

Preventing children from becoming Picky Eaters

The term Picky Eater is familiar to us. Yes, Picky Eater means "picky eater". A baby who is only exposed to the same foods can grow into a Picky Eater. Examples of foods that are most often the reason for a child to become a Picky Eater are Nuggets and Sausages. If the child has become a Picky Eater, it will be very difficult for the mother to prepare food for the child.

Expanding children's sensory abilities

Texture, taste, aroma, color, even the sound of food when chewed can expand the sensory abilities of children. Like texture, with dishes that have various textures such as crunchy, soft, smooth, and dense, children gain new knowledge and memories about food.

Nowadays, food is mostly dominated by monocultural food. even so, actually Indonesia itself produces a variety of food sources such as, cassava for carbohydrates. It is the duty of both home and professional cooks to rack their brains so that family members, especially children, get the best nutrition.

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