You see them each time you go to the grocery store. There’s an entire isle dedicated children’s vitamins. From Flintstones to Animal Parade Shakes, how’s a parent suppose to make an educated decision?
The Fact is, if your child is eating a well balanced diet, there is no need to supplement with vitamins.
Vitamins and minerals are found in all of the foods that we eat. They help the body grow and develop properly. There are different vitamins found in different foods, so in order to get all the vitamins that are needed, offer your child an assortment of foods throughout the day.
Here’s a list of ideas to help feed even the pickiest of eaters.
Vitamin A: Eyesight (especially night vision) is directly related to the consumption of vitamin A. It also helps you to have healthy skin and grow properly. Foods that contain vitamin A are: orange fruits and vegetables (sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and carrots) dark green leafy vegetable (spinach and kale) and milk that’s been fortified with vitamin A.
Vitamin B: There are many types of B vitamins. These vitamins are responsible for making red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. They also make energy and set it free at the time you need it most. Foods containing vitamin B are: beans and peas, whole grains, poultry and meats, dairy products and leafy green vegetables.
Vitamin C: This vitamin is essential because it helps your body heal. It’s also instrumental in helping your body fight off infection. Cabbage, kiwi fruit, citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, and cantaloupe are just some of the foods rich in vitamin C.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D is responsible for making your teeth and bones nice and strong. It also helps in the absorption of calcium. Look for milk and cereals fortified with vitamin D. Another source of Vitamin D can be found in fish, egg yolks, and liver.
Instead of supplementing your children diet with vitamins, look to the meals that you’re preparing and help them to make wise food choices. It’s a practice that will sustain them throughout their lives.