3 Harmful Effects of Children Not Eating Enough Vegetables
7 March 2023 13:44 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Fiber in vegetables is one of the important elements that people need to have, especially children. There are some bad effects if children don't eat enough vegetables. One of the most visible is that the child's growth and development may not be optimal.
Therefore, parents need to meet their children's nutritional needs when they reach the age of 1 to 12 years-old in order to optimize their children's growth and development, including paying attention to vegetable intake.
The problem is, getting children to be able to eat vegetables has its own challenges. Some children have difficulty eating and become so picky that they don't want to eat vegetables.
The supplement brand VegeBlend 21 Jr., in a press statement, Sunday, 26th of February 2023, assessed that there are three ways that parents can do, so that their children have an appetite for eating vegetables. Parents can serve vegetables in an interesting way. Parents can also let their children choose the vegetables they like when shopping and invite them to cook vegetables together.
Here are the 3 health problems if children don't eat enough vegetables:
1. The risk of obesity and other health problems
Vegetables contain fiber which is useful for maintaining digestive health and reducing the risk of obesity.
If children eat less vegetables, they may be more likely to eat processed foods that are high in calories and low in fiber, which can increase their risk of obesity and, In the long term, not eating vegetables can cause other problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
2. Mental and emotional problems
Vegetables are also a source of important nutrients for mental and emotional health, especially folic acid which is known to improve mood and reduce the risk of depression. If children eat less vegetables, they may be more prone to mental and emotional problems.
3. Dental and oral health problems
Vegetables that are consumed fresh or consumed in juice form can also help clean teeth and mouth and prevent problems such as plaque and cavities.
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