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Looking After Your Little One's Nutrition

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week and we are truly passionate about food and the effects food can have on your child’s emotional well being. Good nutrition is so important for growth and development, particularly in childhood when rapid growth and brain development takes place. At a time when eating patterns are being established, emotional and behavioural problems may also occur. 

Researchers around the world have investigated the relationship between what children are eating and mental health problems. Many studies from a multitude of countries showed that a dietary pattern higher in added sugar and fats, processed food and junk food was linked to more emotional and behavioural problems in children. 

A balanced mood and feelings of well being can, however, be protected by ensuring your child’s diet provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and water. It is vitally important to avoid the high sugar, processed foods and focus on foods containing the nutrients that benefit brain health. 
A brain-friendly diet includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean protein, and limited amounts of sodium, saturated fat, and sugar. Working these foods into your child’s diet will help protect their brain, fight fatigue and boost their mood and alertness. 

If you have any questions regarding your child’s diet please get in touch!