Everyone knows that to own good health,
you have to exercise regularly,
stay happy and to eat well.

Is your child exercising regularly,
staying happy and REALLY eating well?

I was reading a health care article
written by Dr Ray Strand, a specialist in nutritional medicine, when something caught my attention and shocked me. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, less than 1% of the children today receive not even the minimum amount (RDA's) of the required nutrients in a large study done over 3 thousand children.

What is RDAs? RDAs refer to the Recommended Dietary Allowances. The RDAs are the levels of intake of essential nutrients considered, in the judgment of the Food and Nutrition Board on the basis of available scientific knowledge, to be adequate to meet the known nutritional needs of practically all healthy persons.

What does it mean when less than 1% of children today are receiving even the minimal amount of required nutrients? It just means that our children could well be suffering from malnutrition of some required nutrients.

Our Children Are Over-fed But Under-nourished!

You may never have guessed that this is happening to our children. I never did. Being brought up in a technology-advanced era, I always thought that our children are getting better food and nutrition than we ever did. Never did it cross my mind that the food we are giving to our children may not contain the desired nutrients for healthy growth. This could lead to low immunity and they can fall sick easily. Not until I read this article.

So what went wrong with our food?
Why are our children not getting the intended nutrition?

After having read deeper into the topic of nutrition, I gradually understood that over-cooking and over-processing are some of the factors that deprive us of the desired nutrients in our food. The high heat applied when we deep-fry, grill, fry, steam our food can destroy many valuable food nutrients. Nutrients disappear when fresh food is refined or processed for appearance or taste.

It becomes very obvious that we have to improve our children’s diet and activity level.

Alarming Truths About Our Diets
- Our Losing Battle with
our Children's Nutrition

Scientists believe that adequate amounts of essential vitamins and minerals are critically needed in growing children. It is difficult to receive enough vitamin B6 because this vitamin is substantially destroyed during cooking as it is sensitive to both light and oxidation. The lack of vitamin B6 decreases the body's amount of some vital neural chemicals. Depletion of these vital neural chemicals leads to a number of debilitating mood disorders, including Chemical Depression and Attention Deficit Disorder. This is merely an example of one nutrient that needs supplementing.

Surveys have shown that less than 30 percent of young people eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Adequate amounts of key nutrients such as zinc, vitamin B6, magnesium, and calcium are missing from the diets of more than 50 percent of children from 2 to 10 years old. Our children simply do not receive the nutrition they need from their diets to fuel their growths.

On top of all these, there is the unhealthy eating habit that we have to battle. Trends have changed drastically over the last several decades. We often eat out and have little control over what goes into the cooking. With the lure of the many fast food chains out there, forming the habit of healthy food choices becomes essential for our children. "There is a constant battle going on in the homes of many families, and this war has to do with food choices," says pediatrician Dr Christine Wood, author of How to Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It!

BUT my child is eating well. He eats his greens, a large variety of food and I restrict his intake of junk food. That’s wonderful to know that your child has healthy food choice and adopted good eating habits. So, ...

Can a normal, healthy diet provide
your child with optimal nutrition?

Perhaps the table below can throw some light on this issue.

Some desired nutrients needed for optimal heath in ONE day for children
between 1 to 4 years old
Equivalent Food
intake needed in ONE day
to match that of
the desired nutrients
Vitamin C (125 mg) 16 medium sized apples
with skin
Folate (200 microgram) 4 medium sized oranges
Vitamin D (200 IU) 2 cups of fortified milk
Vitamin B6 (1.25 mg) 2 medium sized bananas
Vitamin E (50 IU) 9 mangoes
Riboflavin (1.25 mg) 5 eggs
Niacin (10 mg) 2 medium avocados

Invest less than
RM 2.70 / SGD 1.20 / USD 0.50 A Day
To Optimize Your Child’s Health