Dr. Fevzi Özgönül gave information about healthy snacks for children. In fact, snacking on nutrition is not a very healthy behavior. In order for the digestive system to function properly, the meal breaks should be approximately 4 to 8 hours after the food is consumed, even if it varies according to the person.
Its digestive function is similar to child behavior. If you show the child a new toy while the child is playing with a toy, he will be interested and directed to him. Thus, he stops playing with the previous toy and starts to deal with his new toy. The digestion of food can likewise end. Even if you have had a very good breakfast, if you eat a snack within a couple of hours, digestion does not continue in some cases and you get hungry much faster because the good breakfast foods you ate before are not fully digested. We call this a reset of digestive function.
However, since the metabolism in children is fast and the energy needs are high, the digestive function can be shortened up to 3 hours. Especially in children who are active and play, getting hungry faster may occur for this reason. In this case, it would be more appropriate for the child to provide the necessary energy by taking a snack between meals instead of taking a new meal. Children may get hungry between two meals and may need a new food. They may want to get hungry and eat something while playing games, in summer vacation or while spending time on the seaside, and between breaks in schools to be opened soon. In this case, the biggest danger that awaits them is that they disrupt their digestive system with wrong snacks and feel an aversion to healthy foods.
Human beings have a strong digestive system that feeds on many different food groups and can meet all their needs by digesting these foods. But with harmful snacks, foods that can easily turn into sugar, which we call junk food, sweets, chocolates, bakery foods and excessive fruit, we can easily make this perfect digestive system lazy. When the digestive system becomes sluggish; We no longer get full without bread, we get hungry very often, and we are reluctant to eat foods other than sweet and pastry foods.
As a result, we can say that an unhealthy digestive system = obesity and many metabolic diseases.
This is why we should choose healthy snacks for our children to eat when they are hungry, especially to protect our children from this trap. Thus, we can always keep the digestive systems healthy and strong.
Healthy snacks are foods that do not easily turn into sugar and contain both protein, fat and carbohydrates together.
- Whatever you choose the best, always with you
- It should be hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds.
- If fruit is to be selected; may be seasonal fruits, and the amount should not be exaggerated, as much as a palm.
- At most 1-2 pieces of dried fruits such as dried apricots and dried figs should be sufficient and should not be preferred every day.
- It would be beneficial not to ignore nutritious options such as dry meatballs, which were sometimes made while going to a picnic.
- Kashar cheese, carrot and cucumber slices wrapped in lettuce like pie can be different alternatives.
The important thing is that, as I have just told you, it is enough to avoid food options and ready-made foods such as cakes that will make the digestive system lazy. The rest is up to your imagination.
NOTE: Absolutely, do not feed your growing children with or without a weight problem. Because dandruff is not digested, it is often used by dieters to feel less hungry. However, dandruff also causes iron deficiency anemia because it affects the absorption of iron and calcium in users. For this reason, we should not let our children eat.