Wellness - Nutrition | 3-18 yrs

Processed Food - Children At Risk

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Any food that has been altered from its natural state is called processed food. Food processing began many centuries ago when food was altered through processes such as fermenting, drying or preserving with salt. But modern food processing methods also use additives such as sweeteners, spices, oils, colours and preservatives. By now, you would have realised that we are eating more processed foods than we ever realised.

Parents who are conscious about the health of their children will be surprised to find out how often they are providing their children with processed foods. According to the article titled, ‘What Are the Dangers of Processed Foods for Children?’ written by Tammy Quinn Mckillip in oureverydaylife.com, ‘Pretty much any food that is packaged, canned, frozen or altered from its original form can be considered processed. Unless your food has been recently picked and prepared, there's a high chance it harbors chemicals that could be potentially harmful to your child’.

But how do processed foods adversely impact the health of children?

Ingredients such as salt, sugar and fat are added during processing to make the flavour of foods more appealing and to increase their shelf life. The better flavour makes children eat more and thus ingest more than the recommended amount of the additives. Some of the ingredients used in processed foods have been found to trigger behavioural problems in children. According to an article in bodyunburdened.com, ‘Mounting evidence shows that excessive exposure to manganese increases the risk of neurological problems, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, mental health disorders, and ADHD.’

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