Are chicken nuggets and French fries at the top of your child’s favorite food list? It seems for countless children that their preferred foods have one prominent feature; that is, they are all beige in color. “Beige eaters” frequently enjoy foods such as chicken, milk, white bread, peanut butter, potatoes, waffles, and primarily low fiber cereals such as rice crispies. Do your children follow this general pattern?
Eating a primarily beige palate of foods simply does not provide all the vital nutrients the body needs, particularly that of a growing child. Beige foods lack the vibrant colors that make up a wholesome and nourishing diet. It’s true; some of the “beige foods” are nutritious choices. A potato, for instance, is jam packed with Vitamin C and potassium, two valuable nutrients for good health but a diet full of one color does not provide all the key ingredients one needs.
With diet-related illness on the rise in children, it is of prime importance we ramp up the intake of fruit and veggies in the diet of our little ones. Because various colored produce contains different phytochemicals with their unique health benefits, consuming an assortment of produce helps grow a healthy child. Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO), a group committed to assessing world health trends, rates poor intake of fruit and vegetables as one of the top ten risk factors contributing to death. Additionally, WHO reports that up to 2.7 million lives could be saved annually with adequate fruit and vegetable consumption. To learn how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your family’s diet see Fruits & Vegetables and Super Foods.
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