After writing several award-winning health and nutrition titles that have had great success in the UK, Nicola Graimes makes her debut in the US market with the first book to focus on children and brain power and the foods that truly can improve intelligence and those that can hinder it. With her exciting positive twist on the link between the food that children eat and their mental development, Graimes offers parents new ways and reasons to give their children (from pregnancy through primary school) and the essential foods and nutrients they require.
BRAIN FOODS FOR KIDS includes:
-A clear and easy-to-follow introduction to the principles of good childhood nutrition and information on all the latest science on brain-boosting foods
-Practical, kid-tested advice on incorporating the essential foods into a child-friendly diet
-Special "brain-box" features to explain the health-giving, mind-boosting properties of each of the featured dishes
-Teaches how to recognize foods containing additives and pesticides, and how to choose healthy, nutritious ingredients
-Advice on using diet to control and avoid behavioral problems such as ADHD
Graimes divides the book into two sections. The first is full of advice, bursting with color photographs and helpful scientific facts as palatable for adult readers as the recipes are for their children. The second part covers more than 100 recipes for every meal of the day, parties, picnics, and plenty of delicious snacks. And the perforated at-a-glance weekly menu planner can be torn out for posting on the fridge.
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|Title of Family & Relationships eBook: Brain Foods for Kids|
|Release Date: 11-26-2008|
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|Publisher: Dell Publishing|
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Brain Foods for Kids
For good health and optimum brain power, a child's diet should contain the "proper" amounts of certain nutrients. Balance and variety are the key, and a deficiency in just one vital nutrient can impair cognitive performance.
The brain needs a constant and steady supply of glucose, which supplies it with the energy it needs. Carbohydrate foods, and preferably complex carbohydrates, are the best sources, and should make up about a third of a child's diet.
Carbohydrates come in two forms: simple (also known as sugars) and complex (starches). Sugars are either intrinsic, such as those already present in fruit, or extrinsic, such as refined sugar added to sweets, cakes, and cookies.
The carbohydrates in your child's diet should be made up principally of intrinsic sugars and unrefined complex carbohydrates found in whole grain bread, potatoes, legumes, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and vegetables. Unrefined carbohydrates are preferable to refined because they are higher in nutrients and fiber and, crucially for the brain, they help to keep blood sugar levels steady, providing long-term, sustained energy.
Refined, sugary foods lead to a surge in blood sugar levels, which can be followed by a slump. Your child's concentration and attention span will wane and he or she will become fatigued. Extreme highs and lows in blood sugar levels can result in dizziness, irritability, and mood swings (see also page 26).
We actually need relatively small amounts of protein (children aged 4—10 need between 1/2 to one ounce per day), but variety is important to get the full spectrum of the different