However, simple sugars that are found in nutritious foods such as fruits or vegetables13 are good and support overall growth. It is the bad sugars you need to look out for. The bad sugars are known as “refined sugars” which are added sugars in items including candy or soda14. These sugars contain no nutrients and are usually high in calories which can decrease nutrient absorption due to intestinal irritation or damage15.
5. Cut processed foods
Processed food are food items that have been refined from its original form16 such as processing fruit into a breakfast bar, canned food and fast food. These foods usually contain added sugars which we know does not benefit a child’s growth.
Additionally, certain processed foods contain high amounts of salt and fat to enhance flavour, as well as increase their shelf life17. The fat types in these foods are mostly saturated fat, which have less to little benefit18.
However, not all processed foods should be avoided. Items such as milk need to be processed and pasteurised to remove harmful bacteria19. Just be wary of the food labels when grocery shopping to check the nutritional information.
6. Supplement their diet with Mamil® D-Gest Pro+
Good intestinal health supports nutrient absorption – that’s a fact. This is because one of the main functions for a gut is to absorb nutrients from food into the body20.