It is possible for children to eat “harmful” foods and how to eat them properly Chalk

The May holidays are traditionally a trip out of town with barbecue and pilaf on the grill and, of course, the child is looking forward to trying them all. Is it just possible? We deal with “adult” dishes at the “children’s” table together with the gastroenterologist Olga Goryacheva.

It is possible for a child to make barbecue – and from what meat

What is a barbecue? It is just grilled meat. Meat that is fried on charcoal or wood, on an open fire, is not in principle a very healthy food, since during its preparation some vapors are released. Grilling barbecue is another matter – it is healthier and safer for a child.

But one must understand that fanaticism must be avoided. If a child eats one or two pieces of grilled barbecue, nothing bad will happen.

When choosing a barbecue meat, you must first focus on what kind of meat, in principle, is usually eaten in the family.

You can not say that lamb is better than pork or chicken is better than pork.

Yes, white meat, according to the most well-documented Mediterranean diet, is healthier than red meat and fish is even better than any other meat. But this does not mean that it is worth abandoning the rack of lamb in favor of salmon just because the latter is more useful. Everything is fine in moderation.

The same rule applies to grilled vegetables, toast and so on. If everything is grilled – gas or electric – it is a wonderful meal. And do not look at the signs of tanning: black should not scare. But if all this is cooked on an open fire, then the question arises of the release of harmful vapors that permeate the products.

By the way, the same vegetable and fruit skewers do not need to be cooked. Nothing prevents you from putting fresh vegetables and fruits on skewers; for children, the main thing is to serve. Does it look like a barbecue? Yes! Lovely – kids love it.

As for the spices, without which it is difficult to imagine the meat on the grill, then, as a rule, they begin to acquaint the child with them at the same time with the products from the common table. Of course, in each family such a decision is made strictly individually. In some families, this age is a little over a year, in others – 3 years, when the child goes to kindergarten, and in some families, children under 7 years old are prepared separately steamed cutlets without added salt. There is no right way here and it can not be.

It is clear that we will not add much salt and pepper to the dishes for a child, but, of course, you can add dried herbs and aromatic herbs.

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What about mayonnaise?

Traditionally, vinegar, mayonnaise are used for barbecue marinade, less often other sauces and yogurt are used. Yes, of course, it would be better to use only mineral water with lemon, without vinegar, when marinating the meat that the children will eat (in fact, this is in principle healthier for everyone). But that does not mean that if you really want to cook a barbecue according to your great-great-grandfather’s recipe and it contains mayonnaise and vinegar, then this should be some kind of problem. It all always depends on two factors: the quantity consumed and the quality of the products.

The mayonnaise itself should not be demonized. In small quantities, any product is useful. Another thing is if mayonnaise becomes the king of the table. But occasionally appears in the diet, he has every right.

But the most useful dish, which is often cooked in the country, is still pilaf. This is a dish that fits perfectly into the concept of a healthy dish when you have both protein (meat), and complex carbohydrates (rice) and vegetables / fruits (sometimes pilaf with raisins, dried apricots or plums, for example).

List of foods that should definitely not be given to children under 7 years old:

  • raw, salted or lightly salted fish and meat (tartar).
  • smoked sausage?
  • caviar;
  • raw seafood, because we can not be sure of the purity of the product.
  • game;
  • raw agricultural products: cottage cheese, milk, curd from the market.
  • forest mushrooms – due to their possible toxicity.

Soda: yes or no

What exactly is soda? This is fresh water with lots of preservatives, dyes and other not the most useful additives. We try not to give sugar to children under 2 years old and we try to limit its consumption in the future. But again, it’s one thing to drink liters of soda and another to give a preschooler a taste of tarragon. A glass; Why not.

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How to eat junk food

In general, in the diet of both children and adults, the main thing is the rhythm of the diet and, consequently, its violation.

If we eat something unhealthy once, it is not a problem. The possibility of this causing problems with the gastrointestinal tract is negligible. But if this situation becomes a habit, it is already bad.

For example, a child is accustomed to drinking homemade compotes, fruit drinks and jellies. There is nothing wrong with this habit on its own, as long as it is free of added sugar and made with quality ingredients. But the child develops a reflex to drink compote or fruit drink anywhere instead of water and it will be very difficult to explain why you should not drink compote or fruit drink from a cafeteria or shop.

The task of parents is essentially summed up in defining the rhythm of life and nutrition not only for their child, but also for those around him. Yes, you should explain more often to relatives and friends that you do not need to feed your child sweets and, if requested, buy carbonated water or chips.

In the days of May, you can drink Pinocchio, eat barbecue and fry marshmallows on the fire – so how much can a child eat? A little bit. It is much more important to create a habit in a child to drink clean water instead of soda, and instead of fried corn, there is a boiled cob.

What if you eat too much anyway?

Even if you have good eating habits, your child may experience bloating, indigestion, diarrhea or nausea / vomiting during meals. In such situations, it is very important not to panic, but to follow simple and clear step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Check what the child has eaten in the last 12 hours and identify potential troublemakers. Maybe there are some foods he ate for the first time or maybe he ate some kind of “forbidden food” at a party.

Step 2: Take the temperature and assess if there are signs of intoxication. Pale skin, dry mucous membranes.

Step 3: Check with friends who have had lunch or dinner with the child if they have similar manifestations to rule out the possibility of poisoning or intestinal infection.

Step 4: Along with all these activities, give the child more water in small portions, and even better – drink saline solutions that have rehydrating properties.

Step 5: If you do not see improvement in your condition within 6-12 hours, this is a good reason to see a doctor. Do not try to self-medicate a child who is getting worse.

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