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HealthWatch-Nutrition for kids

The guidance for the best and healthiest way to feed your kids has changed over the years. What's the latest advice?
Published: Mar. 10, 2022 at 6:37 PM MST
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The guidance for the best and healthiest way to feed your kids has changed over the years. What’s the latest advice? Doctor Cara Hamilton with Black Hills Pediatrics has the latest ideas in this week’s edition of HealthWatch.

“Most parents today learned the food pyramid was the way to stay healthy. However, after decades of research, we’ve definitely been able to debunk that myth. And grains being the bottom most part of the pyramid and the part we need to most of is really not the case. Instead, variety is key. In fact, on our plates we should have roughly equal portions of vegetables, fruits and grains. And there should be a different variety of each of those in order for our bodies to obtain a variety of vitamins from those different foods. A protein serving should vary as well and should be less focused on meat and more so on the other options for proteins including eggs and legumes, nuts and nut butters, cheeses, Greek yogurts with some meat and red meat smattered in there as well, of course. The things to think about severely limiting would be simple sugars. And I don’t just mean cakes and candies and cookies, but white breads and white pastas can definitely be harmful for us. And limiting artificial dyes, sweeteners and flavoring and highly processed foods will also mean your family is healthier. If you think about buying fresh food at the grocery store, fresh produce, fresh meats, your family is going to tend to be a lot healthier. It’s going to be hard but it’s going to be worth it when your family feels good and you feel good as well. if you have questions about healthy eating, make sure you’re talking to your child’s pediatrician. This is Dr. Cara Hamilton at Black Hills Pediatrics with your HealthWatch.”