New Delhi, September 7th
In this technology-savvy world, the content and quality of our food are also influenced and driven by various factors such as taste and convenience, rather than nutritional value and quality. The choice of food becomes “quick” rather than nutritious. This has both short- and long-term consequences for our health.
The high salt and sugar content of fast food leads to diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. at a much younger age compared to previous generations. The high consumption of empty calories has dire consequences for our health. Ad-driven unhealthy food choices outweigh healthy conventional food choices.
Our food choices determine our body and mind. Selections should be based on nutritional value rather than taste buds and other amenities. You should find out about the nutritional value, the content of carbohydrates, fat, protein, minerals, sugar, salt in a certain preparation. Knowing about nutritional values helps us make informed choices based on our body’s needs. The introduction of basic needs such as daily calorie requirement, salt requirement, minerals for immunity, strength of the body, etc. should be taught in school so that children can learn at an early age.
The idea of a balanced diet is that the emphasis on the content and amount of food in school should be introduced early on so that the child understands the importance of varied foods and their inclusion in daily meals. The role of carbohydrates in daily needs as a source of energy and the harmful effects of excessive carbohydrates in the development of obesity and other ailments should be taught so that the child can visualize the effects on the body.
Children should be introduced to the kitchen at an early stage in order to gain an insight into the ingredients and to better understand the preparation of dishes. This will make them aware of their eating habits and the long-term effects on their health.
A kitchen garden is a great way to educate them about the life cycle of plants. Working with the plants, monitoring their growth, understanding the flowering and fruit cycle all help to make a connection with the food. Being interested in the food cycle helps them make more informed decisions. This experiential learning method helps shape your health. Children should also be taught to read the contents of packaged foods to know what they are consuming. IANS