5 foods being the reason of weight gain & growth in children

Everyone has probably heard the rhyme “chubby cheeks, dimple chin,” and the gist of it is that everyone loves chubby kids. One of the most difficult problems for any mother is ensuring that her children acquire weight in a healthy manner. However, parents are worried about their children getting obese in the face of the global pandemic, while many parents are still hunting reason of weight gain or weight-gain recommendations for their children such as weight gain baby food.

how to promote healthy weight gain in children?

Every parent should understand the difference between gaining weight and gaining a healthy weight. In today’s world, children are more likely to consume processed and refined foods that are readily available. However, they serve no nutritional purpose other than to fill their bodies with unhealthy empty calories. As a result, the children have a poor appetite and are unable to fulfil their body’s daily nutritional requirements. 

As children grow at a steady speed, they require special attention to support and encourage healthy development while also fulfilling their energy requirements. Nutrition for children follows the same principles as nutrition for adults. So, here are some of the things you can do to help your child acquire weight while also maintaining a healthy and active body.:

  • Provide nutrient-dense foods that are rich in essential fats, carbohydrates, proteins, fibre, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Reduce drinks at mealtimes to increase children’s consumption of nutritious foods (which being the reason of weight gain).
  • Offer four or five little meals rather than three large meals and encourage a few healthy snacks throughout the day.

This is a reference Weight and Height Chart for Indian Boys and Girls upto 5 years of age.

Indian Boys Growth Chart

*Weight in Kg and Height in cm.

Indian Girls Growth Chart

*Weight in Kg and Height in cm

Which food is good for weight gain in children?

Nuts:

Nuts like peanuts, almonds, cashew and hazelnuts contain healthy fats. They are also a great source of protein and dietary fibre, along with a pack of a number of vitamins and minerals. They are high in calories and hence nuts and nut butter is absolutely the right choices if you are looking for some foods that support active growth and healthy weight gain in kids

Seeds: 

Seeds like pumpkin, melon and sunflower are high in fat, mono and poly-unsaturated fats that add healthy calories for overall growth and weight gain. Vitamin E, antioxidants, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamin K are all abundant in them. Pumpkin seeds solve dietary deficiencies, while sunflower and melon seeds boost metabolism and aids in digestion. Melon seeds are also a good source of zinc and it helps to boost our immunity, helps in digestion and overall growth and development.

Herbs:

Since time immemorial, herbs like ashwagandha, mulethi, turmeric, shallaki, and brahmi have been shown to aid in weight gain and boost brain, immune, and bone development. Ashwagandha and Mulethi aid digestion and nutrition absorption and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestine. Ashwagandha enhances bone mineral density, which in turn increases overall body mass. Brahmi and turmeric help to keep digestive issues at bay. Shallaki is rich in carbohydrates and calcium, thus helping in bone growth and improves appetite.

Antioxidants – Vitamin E and rosemary extract:

Antioxidants, such as vitamin E, help to keep cells healthy by fighting free radicals. Rosemary extract is high in iron, calcium, vitamins A, C, and B6, and is commonly used to treat digestive issues and a lack of appetite. Antioxidants can be found in a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and herbs and spices.

Millet

Jowar flour is a great source of protein, unsaturated fats and dietary fibre, packed with B Vitamins, minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.  It also contains antioxidants. The high dietary fibre content eases digestion in kids and improves their appetite. Ragi is loaded with protein, calcium, fiber, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and it is the food for kids to gain weight. With around 130 calories per ½ cup, it also strengthens the bones, teeth and aids digestion. Ragi can be given as ragi porridge, kheer or in the form of flat bread. (How does whole grains manage menstruation pain?)

Foods to avoid

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Refined sugar: Excess sugar increase the caloric content without providing any nutritious benefit. Moreover, sugar damages the protein in our body, resulting in ageing of organs, which further compromises immunity, growth and functioning. Greatest source of sugar in the average kid’s diet are sugary snacks and beverages like cookies, cakes, candies, fruit juice, soda, and sports drinks. Everything that the child picks up to eat today has strains of added sugar in some form or the other.

Preservatives: Most of the packaged food companies are adding artificial preservatives to delay spoilage and contamination in foods.  Artificial preservatives such as nitrates, benzoates, sulfites, sorbates, parabens, formaldehyde, BHT, BHA and several others can cause serious health hazards such as hypersensitivity, allergy, asthma, hyperactivity, neurological damage.

Refined oil: The high temperature involved in the refining process removes all the natural and beneficial substances from the oil, which is not good for the digestive as well as respiratory health and ultimately affects your overall growth.

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