Snacks Categorized: Setting a Regular Snack Plan for Your Baby_hair milos forman

Release time:2023-10-20 16:25

Snacks Categorized: Setting a Regular Snack Plan for Your Baby_hair milos forman

For parents of 3-6-year-old children, completely preventing them from indulging in snacks can be an unrealistic goal. Instead, parents can learn which snacks are suitable for daily consumption and which ones should be consumed less frequently. Establishing a structured snack plan is essential for your baby to enjoy snacks healthily.

Snacks are a favorite of children, but many kids and parents may not be aware that snacks are categorized.

The highly anticipated summer vacation is here, and indulging in tasty treats is a must for kids. However, according to the "Guidelines for Snack Consumption Among Children and Adolescents" issued by the Ministry of Health in 2007, snacks are categorized into three levels, with items like potato chips, ice cream, and fried chicken considered restricted snacks that should be consumed only once a month.

Yesterday, Mrs. Peng, who lives in Liziba, brought her 13-year-old son to a bookstore in Chongqing to buy books and shop for daily supplies. Their shopping cart was filled mostly with snacks. Holding a bag of potato chips, she said, "My child loves these. He likes to snack while watching TV."

When the reporter showed Mrs. Peng the "Guidelines for Snack Consumption Among Children and Adolescents," she admitted that she knew some snacks should not be consumed too often but was unaware that snacks were categorized.

Some parents noted that even though they try to limit snacks like chicken wings, cola, and ice cream, their children often consume these items daily. "If we don't let them eat, they will throw a tantrum. So, we set conditions, such as allowing them to have a treat after finishing their homework," parents say.

Snacks Suitable for Regular Consumption

As early as 2007, China issued the "Guidelines for Snack Consumption Among Children and Adolescents," targeting the 3-17 age group. Snacks refer to small quantities of food or drinks consumed between meals.

The "Guidelines" classify snacks into three levels: suitable for regular consumption, moderate consumption, and restricted consumption. It suggests that children should choose fresh, natural, and easily digestible foods such as dairy, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Foods that are fried, overly sweet, or salty should be consumed sparingly.

1. Snacks Suitable for Daily Consumption

Boiled eggs, unsweetened or low-sugar oatmeal, boiled corn, whole wheat bread, whole wheat crackers, soy milk, roasted soybeans, bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers, pears, peaches, apples, citrus fruits, watermelon, grapes, pure fresh milk, plain yogurt, melon seeds, large almonds, pine nuts, hazelnuts, steamed, boiled, or baked sweet potatoes, and potatoes, unsweetened freshly squeezed orange juice, watermelon juice, celery juice, etc.

These snacks are considered low in fat, salt, and sugar and are often referred to as "staple snacks." They can be consumed daily but should be consumed in moderation. For example, boiled eggs are more nutritious than fried eggs, and you should control the quantity of milk your child drinks.

2. Snacks to Consume Once a Week

Dark chocolate, beef jerky, preserved eggs, ham sausages, marinated duck wings, meat floss, marinated eggs, fish slices, cakes, mooncakes, flavored broad beans, marinated dried tofu, seaweed snacks, dried apple slices, raisins, cheese, milk slices, candied walnuts, salted cashews, sweet potato balls, dried sweet potatoes, beverages containing more than 30% fruit or vegetables, such as coffee, hawthorn drinks, almond milk, lactic acid drinks, etc., and fruit-flavored ice cream.

These foods contain moderate levels of fat, salt, and sugar and provide essential nutrients such as iron, protein, and vitamins. However, overindulging can lead to obesity and a loss of substances like calcium in the body. It's recommended to consume these snacks once or twice a week.

3. Snacks to Consume Once a Month

Cotton candy, milk candy, candy-coated peanuts, soft candies, fruit candies, haw flakes candy, fried chicken nuggets, fried chicken wings, puffed snacks, chocolate pies, cream-filled cookies, instant noodles, cream cakes, canned foods, candied dates, candied carrots, candied apples, condensed milk, potato chips, cola, ice cream, etc.

These snacks are high in sugar, salt, and fat, with harmful components far outweighing their health benefits. It's best to consume these snacks no more than once a month.