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    A renowned Nutritionist and Fitness Expert with over 10 years of experience in fitness industry. Priya holds a Masters degree in Dietary Food Service Management with a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics, BSc. Applied Nutrition and is also a certified sports nutritionist. Click here to join the discussion. The best 5 questions/suggestions/opinions handpicked by our expert will stand a chance to win exciting prizes!

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    Radhika Jan 9 2018

    Hi Priya. My daughter is 6.5yrs old. She eats only curd rice. I tried lot of tasty and healthy recipes but all went in vain. Does curd provide enough nutritional value for my kid.

    Radhika Feb 14 2018

    @Radhika Curd does provide good nutrition, but only curd and rice isnt enough for a growing child. Since how long has she been doing this?

    Radhika Jun 13 2018

    @Radhika thank you..

    Mohan Jan 6 2018

    What can we do about craving for chocolate? My kid wanted to have chocolate everyday and he just starts crying badly if we deny it. Can dark chocolate be given as substitute? we have read that dark chocolate is good for health. does it apply for kids too?

    Mohan Jan 6 2018

    @Mohan Yes dark chocolate can be given as an alternative which is also low in sugar. Replacing is ok but you will have to start drawing lines at some point about healthy and non healthy foods. Children need to learn unhealthy foods cant be consumed often due to certain reasons and giving in to tantrums always wont help. Reason out and come to a compromise. Also giving chocolate covered dry fruits can be a alternative to reduce plain chocolate consumption.

    Mohan Jan 6 2018

    @Mohan Thanks for the reply

    Team Jan 6 2018

    My son likes only potato fries, tried all other vegetables. Not even a bit he tries. I am worried, he eats only potato. He is not obese. But I fear he might. How can I stop him eating Potato and make him love other vegetables. I tried all varieties, I even tried veg cutlet, vada and tried new recipes from youtube, but still he is not showing interests.

    Team Jan 6 2018

    @Team Stop trying so hard but start giving him options. Have you tried giving in salad form like cucumber or carrot sticks? Also restrict getting potatoes at home for some days and tell him its no longer available. Give other options and see how it goes. Try soups, vegetables in khichdi and dals.

    Mohan Jan 6 2018

    My 2.5 yrs son wanted to eat anything and everything he sees. Mostly junk food. Is it a cause of concern. Should we restrict the intake of food. He also likes to drink milk multiple times during the day. How many times would be ideal to give milk?

    Mohan Jan 6 2018

    @Mohan Milk should be restricted to 400 ml per day as upper limit. Eating food more often is not a concern as long as the food is healthy and portion is controlled. (Junk food gets addictive after a point so please keep a check) If you as a parent think he is eating too much, you may want to consider checking with your Ped about deworming or asking him if this is due to worms.

    Mohan Jan 6 2018

    @Mohan Thank You

    Mohan Jan 6 2018

    What can I do to make sure that my child is eating healthy food?

    Mohan Jan 6 2018

    @Mohan Practise what you preach works best with children. Eat what you want them to eat. Get foods that you would like them to choose from. Dont keep too much unwanted items in store. Keep seasonal variety. Make meal times fun but not too distractive. If the child is old enough involve in assembling plates, washing vegetables etc. This makes them feel independent about food.

    Mohan Jan 6 2018

    Does gluten free diet really matter for the kids? what would be the long term implications?

    Mohan Jan 6 2018

    @Mohan In certain conditions it most definitely matters. Its not to be followed without guidance and expert opinion. So if your child is not been suggested to follow one please do not attempt it.

    Vijaya Jan 6 2018

    My sister has an autistic kid. He is 6 years old. He likes biscuits and cakes. Unfortunately, it was told that he shouldnt eat anything with maida, wheat and gluten. The other problem is, even if we give him a biscuit, he wont stop with one. Just wanted to know if there an alternative biscuit kind snacks available/ anything my sister can prepare on her own.

    Vijaya Jan 6 2018

    @Vijaya She can replace wheat with other gluten free cereals like oats, rice, maize flour etc and bake cookies or biscuit kind snacks from them.

    Vijaya Jan 6 2018

    My son is 5 years old, he started liking Kiwi fruit, and he eats atleast 3 kiwis a day or sometime more. I know Vitamin C is good, will it be too much for him?

    Vijaya Jan 6 2018

    @Vijaya Its absolutely ok to have 3 kiwis. But I would offer variety and encourage other fruit consumption for the only reason that kiwi alone cannot give everything. Also fruits are low on calorie so if he eats too much of it, concentrated energy foods may get replaced. Keep a balance and stick to 2 fruits per day.

    Vijaya Jan 6 2018

    @Vijaya Thank you.

    Navyz Jan 6 2018

    Hi Priya, My son is 2.5 yrs old. He eats well and likes egg. However whenever I give him egg, he seems to have a tummy upset. Though initially I ignored,later I realized he may have be allergic to egg. Is it possible? If so, what food substitute could I give if I could avoid egg?

    Navyz Jan 6 2018

    @Navyz Have you tried giving him only egg yolk or white. Try giving separately and observe if one of it is an issue. Also try and give boiled eggs or egg made in less fat. To replace eggs you can up on dairy products like curds, yogurt, cottage cheese.

    Navyz Jan 6 2018

    Hi Priya, I am a breast feeding mom, I am on calcium supplements and was instructed to continue till I feed my baby. What food could you recommend so that I can avoid these calcium tablets? I do take milk and egg but not very frequently. Any other food which would be helpful to know my iron/calcium level good as a new mother?

    Navyz Jan 6 2018

    @Navyz Hi, first 6 months are exclusive breastfeeding and thats why supplements become important. Post that you can slowly wean yourself off from the supplements provided you consume balanced meals. Make sure you get enough Vitamin D, try and be active. Add low fat dairy like curds and cottage cheese too.

    Vijaya Jan 6 2018

    Whenever my daughter takes orange or banana she gets cold. I want to stop giving the vitamin syrup

    Vijaya Jan 6 2018

    @Vijaya How old is your daughter?? Ideally vitamin syrup is not needed unless there is a deficiency. Its totally ok to not give orange and banana if you feel they are troubling (though there is no evidence they can cause cold, banana can sometimes aggravate the symptoms) There are many fruits that can take care of various nutrients needed by your child.

    Vijaya Jan 6 2018

    @Vijaya She is 2 now.