Have you ever considered what is in the food you are feeding your children? Most foods that are bought at the neighborhood grocery stores are considered global foods which are packed with additives and chemicals making them far less nutritious than local produce from the community farmer‘s market. After much research, I have concluded that it is better to buy produce which is grown locally rather than produce which is sourced globally (from other countries). I think this is important because most people, like myself, buy global foods and do not realize how much better local foods are for the local economy, the global environment, and our personal nutrition. Nutrition is vital to the healthy of everyone especially children, so with the purchase of local fresh produce, it can ease the worry in parents of what children as well as ourselves are ingesting. Produce grown locally are healthier for toddlers because they contain more nutrition in the foods, meaning less additives and a better taste, helping them properly develop.
I believe that parents, caregivers, or anyone that has contact with a toddler should know about what nutrition they need and why local produce is better for the toddler. I choose toddler’s nutrition because in psychology class, we are studying their development, so something as simple as what fruits and vegetables they eat can affect all points throughout the toddler’s life. In addition, my sister is pregnant so as the aunt of the child, I feel I have the responsibility in helping my younger sister and teaching her nutrition for her baby. After researching, I know that feeding local produce to my niece or nephew when they become toddlers is vital and can, enhance their development. So let’s learn about toddlers.
Toddlers are considered a child usually between the ages of 1 and 3 or the time they are learn to walk ( nncc). Toddlers are transitioning from their eating habits as an infant to eating the kinds of foods an adult would. (kids health). The amount food that is giving to a toddler when they first start eating solids will influence their development from then into adulthood. The American Dietetic Association suggest that toddlers or “Most 2- to 3-year-old children need to consume about 1,000 calories per day.” Toddlers should be given about 2 cups daily of fruits and veggies. (more research) The amount of fruit and veggies a toddler eat can affect their development and health like in adults.
Fruits and vegetables are important for a toddler’s diet. According to the 2009 Food Pyramid, it states that “fruits and vegetables contain many essential nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C.”(mypyramid.com) Each of these has their own role in aiding the toddler’s development and growth such as maintaining a healthy blood pressure, proper bowel function, help form red blood cells, healthy immune system, and strong bones (pyramid.com). Toddlers should be...