Fiber: A Vital Component of Your Child’s Health
Including a well-balanced diet to promote optimal health for your child is important. Have you considered the role of fiber in preventing and reducing risk of disease both now and in the future health of your child?
Dietary Fiber has an impact on your child’s:
- Cholesterol levels
- Blood sugar levels
- Gastric disease risk
- Risk of reflux
- Heart health
- risk of type two diabetes
- Risk of some cancers like colorectal cancer.
- Body weight
Diets of children with more fiber are associated with a greater number of whole foods which have additional nutrition benefits above only fiber. Removing the excess added sugar, ultra-processed and fat laden foods can allow your body to feel and function its best. Try aiming to include 30 different plant foods each week as a family. This includes nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains and whole grain containing foods like Corn Thins slices.
Take home message: You are not alone if you child struggles to meet their daily fiber needs. Aim to make small changes to create sustainable lifestyle habits for long term health. One of these can be adding a different plant-based food to your child’s lunchbox each week. Check out the range of recipe ideas on the Corn Thins website for inspiration. https://www.cornthins.com/en
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