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How does nutrition affect a child's development?

Nutrition plays a vital part in a child's development. It provides the necessary nutrients for their growth, cognitive development and overall health. It is important to ensure that children receive a variety of nutrients through a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy products. Encouraging healthy eating habits from an early age sets the foundation for their future health and well-being.

Why Nutrition is important for children

Good nutrition is linked to cognitive development in children. Essential nutrients, like omega 3, fatty acids, iron, zinc and B vitamins, especially during early childhood, support brain development, memory, attention and concentration.

Having adequate nutrition is essential for proper Physical growth and development in children, nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals are necessary for building and repairing tissues, supporting bone growth and maintaining a healthy weight. A well balanced diet also ensures that children reach their full growth potential and develop strong bones, muscles and organs.

Nutrition has a direct impact on a child's learning abilities and academic performance. Research suggests that children whom consume a nutritious diet have a better attention span and, higher IQ scores, improved memory and enhanced problem solving skills. Nutrients like iron, iodine, omega 3, fatty acids and vitamins B12 ans B6 are associated with better cognitive performance and academic achievement.

Toddler development

It also has a vital role in supporting a child's immune system. A well nourished child is better well equipped to fight off diseases and recover quicker when they get sick.

Good nutrition in childhood can contribute to the prevention of chronic diseases later in life and can reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Exposing children to a variety of healthy foods in the early years can encourage healthy food choices and help them to develop a preference for nutritious options and reduce the likelihood of developing unhealthy eating habits or food aversions as they grow.


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