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Thekiantra Morriston
Published: 25 Apr 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 the mother proud. One way to achieve these goals is to provide the child with the right foods.

Top those who has children, have you ever realized the variety of food you serve to your baby? it turns out that the diversity of food from the ingredients to the cooking method is very influential on the growth and development of children psychologically and physically. Here are the importance of introducing a variety of foods to your little one.

Avoid nutritional deficiencies

Do you all know that repetitive food sources can affect nutrient absorption? In this world, there are no food ingredients that have complete nutrition to meet all the needs of macro and micro nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that the human body needs. As a result of this, children who are still growing need a variety of foods to complement each other's deficiencies.

Diverse food prevents disease

taking the example of white rice, white rice comes from rice that has been peeled from the skin, bran, and germs. It is known that the bran and buds of rice contain high levels of vitamins and minerals. With the process of "whitening" rice, vitamins and minerals from rice are also wasted. Considering white rice as the only source of carbohydrates can make a person anemic 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.

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Increase children's appetite

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

Prevent children from becoming picky eaters

The term Picky Eater is already familiar to us. The baby who is only exposed to the same food can grow into a Picky Eater. Examples of foods that are most often the reason a child becomes a Picky Eater are Nugget and Sausage. When the child has become a Picky Eater, it will be very difficult for the mother to prepare food for the child.

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Expanding children's sensory abilities

Texture, taste, aroma, color, and even the sound of food when chewed can expand children's sensory abilities. Like texture, with dishes that have a variety of 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.

So that's the importance of introducing a variety of foods to your little one. After reading this article, what do you think about our dining habit? let us know on the comment section. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to get updates about Kokikan and promo!

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