Are you wondering why the heck you should even care about your kids eating a balanced diet? Although opinions widely vary on this topic, I’d like to quickly define for you exactly what a balanced diet is, and then give you three simple and agreed upon reasons why your kids should eat one.
A balanced diet, loosely defined, means choosing a wide variety of foods and drinks from all the major food groups. I think it should also include eating protein, carbohydrate, and fat with every meal. Having a little of each macronutrient with every time they eat is important for a lot of reasons, two of the biggest ones being stabilizing insulin levels and keeping their energy levels even through the day.
Reasons for balanced diet
But really – who cares? What good does this do you? Here are three important reasons why you should be paying attention to balancing out their diet:
A big shot of carbs all at once will give them a quick energy rush followed by a period of sluggishness. All protein and no carbs will leave kids without energy as well. Eating a proportional amount of carbs, protein, and fat with a meal and keeping their portion sizes reasonable ensures that they have an even energy to draw from through the day.
Over the long term, any diet that’s too heavy on one thing to the exclusion of others – whether that’s low fat, high protein, or high fat – is setting them up for failure and bad health. They’ll miss out on certain nutrients if they don’t get a variety of different foods in their diet.
A healthy weight
Although it doesn’t guarantee anything, a balanced diet will certainly help them stay at a healthy weight.
It increases metabolism
There is another positive to employing proper balance in food choices: Their metabolism may be increased as a result. Proper intake of the good food in the proper manner keeps a metabolism moving. When their metabolism slows down, you can gain weight. This is doubly true with children who are why a proper diet that is effectively balanced is a must for those looking to maintain the health of their children.
A balanced diet is defined, in its most basic form, as eating a variety of foods and drinks from all major food groups. More energy, good health, and a healthy weight are some of the simple and agreed upon reasons why you should focus on eating a balanced diet.