Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Five Kinds of Food Not Beneficial to Children's Health

Posted by Sarah Sweetz Akhza at 11:51 AM
Five Kinds of Food Not Beneficial to Children's Health

In order to make their children grow up healthily, parents always provide a variety of nutritious food to them. However, although these nutritious foods are really helpful for children's physiological and mental development, while some of them contain various kinds of harmful substances, which are not beneficial on children's health and may even cause some diseases.


Firstly, food containing saccharin, essence and pigment, such as jelly, bubble gum, instant noodles, sweet beverages, etc. This kind of food contains very few nutrients but a lot of saccharin, sweetener, colorant, essence, etc. All of these substances have certain toxicity. If children often eat these foods, it is not conducive to their health. In addition, fruits such as orange and pineapple are the favorites for many children. However, although these fruits are very nutritious, they always contain a lot of natural erythrophyll.

If children take in too much erythrophyll, it may easily lead to "erythrophyll skin disease". As a result, children should not eat too much orange and pineapple.

Secondly, food which can excite nerves or contain hormone, such as cola drinks and chocolate. If children eat too much of this kind of food, it will produce stimulation on the central nervous system, make children anxious and restless, speed up their heartbeat, and lead to insomnia. What's more, ginseng and royal jelly have the effect of promoting the secretion of hormone. Therefore, if children always eat them, it may lead to precocious puberty, and affect the normal growth and development of the body.


Thirdly, food containing toxic substances or preservatives and additives, such as salted fish, popcorn, canned goods, etc. Salted fish contains a lot of dimethyl nitrate. After this substance enters the human body, it will change into a strong carcinogen--dimethyl nitrosamine, which may lead to cancer on children. Smoked food also contains a large number of carcinogenic substances. Popcorn contains a high content of lead. After it enters human body, it will damage the function of human nervous, digestive, and hematopoietic system. In addition, there are always a lot of pesticides on the fruits and vegetables, which you should also pay great attention to.


Fourthly, high-fat food, such as egg, sunflower seeds, pork liver, etc. These foods do have high nutritional value, but egg and pork liver contain a high content of cholesterol, and they are not easy to be digested by the body. If children eat too much of these foods, it will significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Sunflower seeds contain plenty of unsaturated fatty acids. If children eat too much sunflower seeds, it will consume a large number of choline in the body, thus affecting the detoxification effect of liver cells.


Fifthly, food rich in organic acids, such as spinach, pear, strong tea, and so on. This kind of food contains a large number of organic acids like phytic acid, oxalic acid, tannic acid, etc. These organic acids will closely connect with the iron, zinc and calcium in the body, and make them unable to be absorbed by the body. At the same time, these organic acids will combine with the iron, zinc and calcium and form stable compounds, and then expel them out of the body. It is traditionally thought that spinach can enrich blood, pear can clear way excessive heat in the body, and strong tea can help digestion. In fact, these opinions are not correct. If children take eat too much of them, it may even cause early occurrence of anemia or rachitis.


Children's diets should be diversified and balanced. Fish, lean meat, laver, kelp, fresh vegetables and fruits are all very beneficial to children's health. In recent years, domestic and foreign research results suggest that wheat kernel oil, onion and garlic are rich in tyrosine, which can promote the development of children's brain cells. As a result, parents should let their children eat more of these foods.

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