Trying new foods or preparing more than just American dishes is beneficial for the whole family. Kids can be very picky, especially when it comes to vegetables and new tastes. It is important to get them to help cook meals as it will entice them to want to eat it. It is also better to eat more than an American diet since traditional American diets are over acidic.
Children grow into picky eaters as adults from not being exposed to foods at a young age. In order to develop their palette, you should offer children a variety of different foods. To accomplish this, prepare a meal for the whole family. Ask the child to help prepare some of the items and explain what goes with it and how it’s made.
Let them help a little bit with stirring and tasting. Also let them add ingredients. What this will do is help them to distinguish flavors and what their preferences are. It is a great technique for palette development, which is important as children grow.
In many ethnicities around the world, the preparation of food items is different. Some American dishes call for vinegar, tomatoes, citrus juice and other acidic items, which in time, compromises the health of the teeth and can cause gastrointestinal problems. Tomatoes are used in a variety of cultures, with that predominantly being American, Italian and Mediterranean/Greek.
Variety of Ingredients
Introducing children to a variety of different ingredients opens them up to trying more different foods. This should be started at a young age, such as when they start eating solid foods. The older a child gets, the more they will say they don’t like something, even if it has never been given to them. Getting children used to different diets, ingredients, preparations and flavors is ideal.
Overall Health Factors
Other than the dental and gastrointestinal health issues that can come from an overly acidic diet, there are other health risk factors involved too. Children that eat an improper diet growing up are more susceptible to high blood pressure from prepared and processed foods having high sodium levels. They are also more prone to having high cholesterol due to the high fat content of fried foods and other traditional American preparations. Children that eat a poor or non-value diet are also more likely to develop Type I or Type II diabetes or heart disease.
The importance of giving children food items from different cultures and preparations opens their eyes to more foods that they just might like. The flavors in different cultures are often more pleasing since the ingredients are much simpler. Consider learning different recipes, especially those with minimal acidic components and make preparing a meal a family affair. Getting the whole family involved and tasting as you go is one of the best ways to get children to eat foods they aren’t necessarily used to. The surprise will be that your children like foods that others say they don’t, simply because they have been exposed to it at an early age.