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Supplements for Picky Eaters (aka Kids)

PickyEaterJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

While some of us may describe children as either “good” or “picky” eaters, many toddlers develop a preference for a limited variety of low-nutrient dense foods, preferring sugary or salty empty calorie foods to proteins, fiber-filled vegetables, and fruits. To a certain extent, it’s normal for very young children to have aversions to certain foods largely due to their perceptions of the texture, color, taste or smell of individual foods. When infants first start eating solid foods, many will eat or at least try different foods offered to them. However, once a toddler reaches two years of age, around 50% will develop eating preferences with specific likes and dislikes, and may refuse foods they have previously eaten or decline to try new foods. Many parents worry about their child’s nutrition or lack thereof, especially when children refuse to eat all but very few foods. While children who eat well one day and practically nothing the next may worry a doting parent, it’s natural for a two-year old’s appetite to be erratic.

It’s best not to get into a power struggle over food, as for the majority of toddlers fussy eating is a fleeting stage. It may help parents to know that according to guidelines from the Institute of Medicine, toddlers actually require less calories per pound than infants. Yet, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that up to 85% of parents admitted to pushing their children to eat more by praising or rewarding children for taking a “few more bites.” For frustrated parents, changing a child’s eating patterns takes time, patience and strategies. The long term goal is to raise a healthy eater, so put the focus on helping a child learn to like vegetables rather than stressing over whether or not they eat their broccoli today.

  • Set an example by eating healthy meals yourself. Let your child see you enjoy your food and maintain a neutral attitude throughout the meal. Make mealtimes pleasant and avoid distractions, such as TV or cellphones. As much as possible, be consistent about meal and snack times.
  • The least amount of fuss you make the better. Encourage, but don’t force your child to eat or punish when they don’t. This behavior can result in anxiety, obesity and other eating disorders, which can have lifelong consequences.
  • Plate a very small amount of food you would like your child to try. Start small by serving just a few peas or two strawberries and don’t make a fuss if the child doesn’t eat it. Present the food again in a systematic way at another time. Keep at it and at some point your child will decide to try it.
  • Children like to participate and make their own choices. Let the kids choose some vegetables or fruits at the grocery store and don’t be persuaded to buy unhealthy processed foods or snacks. Get them involved as much as possible in helping and preparing meals. Create a snack box with healthy snacks kids like, such as small boxes of raisins, dried fruit, or cereal bars that kids can access on their own at appropriate times.
  • Serve fruit, yogurt or other healthy foods as dessert and select a special night or two each week for sweet desserts.

As parents work through the process of transforming a picky eater into a more adventurous and inclusive one, deficiencies can be addressed through supplementation of micronutrients, and small dietary changes that a child might accept. Parents can try adding a serving of protein powder to a smoothie and switch from refined grains to whole grains to add fiber to the diet. A study that compared picky eaters and non-picky eaters found deficiencies of folate and vitamin E in both groups. Additionally, they found picky eaters to be deficient in calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamins A, C, D, B1 (thiamine) and B3 (niacin). Children require sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals for growth, development, bodily functions and overall wellness. Parents of children without adequate nutrition should continue to support and guide their child toward healthier eating and should consider providing a daily age-appropriate multivitamin and mineral supplement.

There are, of course, always exceptions. When a child’s refusal to eat continues and gets in the way of normal living, there may be an underlying medical condition, such as digestive issues, food allergies, or hypersensitivities. Short term picky eating is normal, long term finicky eating may be a sign that all is not well. Rejection of entire food groups, anxiousness about food, refusing to eat unfamiliar foods despite hunger, or an actual repulsion in regards to food are signs of Selective Eating Disorder, which can follow children into adulthood. When a child gets upset or anxious about food, or the pickiness escalates or continues as the child moves from toddlerhood to childhood, or when eating habits hinder a child’s social life, a visit to a health professional or a referral to a dietician may be in order.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality kid friendly vitamins to support your child’s nutritional needs and overall wellness:

Ultra Preventive Kids Grape (201035) by Douglas LaboratoriesUltra Preventive Kids – These great tasting chewables are designed for children aged 4 and older and are carefully formulated to contain correct proportions of highly absorbable vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Available in natural grape or natural orange flavors. Sweetened with purified stevia and xylitol. Gluten and soy free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Kids Complete by SmartyPants VitaminsKids Complete by SmartyPants Vitamins – These yummy gummies provide appropriate doses of bioavailable key nutrients often missing from diet. Designed by parents and doctors for their own picky eaters without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  Natural orange, lemon and cherry flavors. Lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Junior Nutrients by Pure EncapsulationsJunior Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations – This comprehensive, hypoallergenic formula is designed for teens and children aged 4 and up. The small easy-to-swallow capsules provide nutrient rich, highly bioavailable vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Kid's One Daily by MegaFoodKid’s One Daily by MegaFood – These convenient mini-tablets provide 24 essential nutrients to support healthy growth and development. Formulated with FoodState Nutrients™ and an organic FoodState® Farm Fresh Fruit Blend with protective antioxidants and no added sweeteners. Gluten, soy and lactose free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
Children’s nutrition: 10 tips for picky eaters. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/childrens-health/art-20044948
Proven Strategies for Picky Eaters. http://www.parents.com/recipes/nutrition/picky-eater-strategies/
Why You Should Worry About Picky Eaters. http://time.com/3981050/picky-eating-health-risks/
Are You a Picky Eater? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-you-picky-eater-blame-genes-brains-and-breast-milk-180953456/?no-ist
How Much Does My Kid Need to Eat? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-you-picky-eater-blame-genes-brains-and-breast-milk-180953456/?no-ist
How to Handle Picky Eaters. http://www.parenting.com/article/picky-eater-kids
Is Picky Eating an Eating Disorder? Living With Selective Eating Disorder and No Vegetables.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bustle/picky-eating-an-eating-disorder-living-with-selective-eating-disorder-and-no-vegetables_b_4986010.html
Picky Eating in Childhood. http://blog.designsforhealth.com/blog/picky-eating-in-childhood?utm_campaign=Weekly+Science+Update&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=33157581&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9nNv2vvEu7TU67LHZkJW5W3lS1-LAcvmtQ6CsV6go1MA6WhhtlBVAGWdNrvwAnx-tKN32V6MjI0yjY8CtYsUqjMNOf8J60hn8At12stHzejfonwMw&_hsmi=33157581

Children, ADHD and Synthetic Food Dyes

ADHD_FoodDyesJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

As the healthy trend toward more natural food ingredients continues, consumers are shying away from foods that contain synthetic food colorings, especially those found in processed food products marketed to children. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit watchdog group, “Mounting scientific evidence and scientific consensus demonstrates that certain children are being harmed by synthetic food dyes and some may experience episodes of inattention, hyperactivity, restlessness or other behavioral effects after consuming foods containing synthetic dyes.” As food dyes serve no nutritional purpose and are used solely to make processed foods more colorful and therefore more appealing, consumer advocates are calling for a ban on the use of synthetic dyes in both foods and beverages that may harm susceptible children.

The truth is that the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been increasing dramatically among American children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of November 2013, 11% of American children aged 4 – 17 were diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, an alarming increase of 42% in just 8 years. According to a new report based on eight detailed analyses and released in January 2016, CSPI found evidence of a growing consensus among researchers and healthcare providers who treat behavioral problems that avoiding food dyes does benefit certain children. The FDA maintains artificial food dyes are safe and has declined to ban these food colorings or stipulate a package warning label. However, in response to consumer demand some manufacturers are eliminating synthetic dyes in favor of natural ingredients, such as turmeric, beets and paprika.

The amount of food colorings found in our food is concerning, as many children are consuming dyes in amounts that exceed the levels demonstrated in some trials to trigger behavioral problems. In Europe, many of the food colorings used in American products have been banned, forcing manufacturers to produce similar but healthier products to sell in the EU. For example, a certain chewy candy sold in the U.S. contains Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6 and Blue #1. In the EU that same candy contains no artificial colors, and is naturally colored with antioxidant anthocyanins, carotenes, chlorophylls and chlorophyllins. And while a certain brand of orange soda is dyed with Red #40 and Yellow #6 in the U.S., in the U.K. it’s colored with pumpkin and carrot extract. Would you rather give your children a fast food strawberry sundae colored with red dye #40 or one that actually contains strawberries? We should not have to go to Europe to get the real thing.

American children are being exposed to an alarming rate of chemicals that are associated with a significant increase in ADHD symptoms, a rate not seen in countries that either ban or have warning labels regarding synthetic food colors. Unless you are eating whole foods, you’re not likely to avoid the nine FDA-permitted food colorings, including Green #3, Orange B, Red #40, Yellow #5 and Blue #1. By some estimates, each year food manufacturers add 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes to processed foods. We might not think twice about giving our kids that electric blue sports beverage or that bright cherry red yogurt. However, consuming brilliantly colored foods that are not naturally found in nature may be more harmful than we are led to believe. Perhaps we would pay more attention if these items carried warning labels, but it’s worth checking the nutrition label when deciding what foods to purchase. When you see artificial colors listed, you may just decide to put the product back on the shelf and look for another with more natural ingredients.

We all need a colorful diet, preferably one filled with a variety of vibrantly colorful fruits and veggies. To reduce or eliminate synthetic dyes, stick to whole fresh foods and avoid processed food products. Some parents of children who are sensitive to food dyes have found that eliminating foods containing these additives noticeably reduced negative behavior patterns in their children.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality dye free vitamins for children:

Vitamin Code KidsVitamin Code Kids by Garden of Life – This whole food great tasting multi contains 24 organically grown fruits and veggies that provide essential antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrient cofactors. Non-GMO Project Verified. No artificial flavors, sweeteners or additives. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Ultra Preventive Kids Grape (201035)Ultra Preventive Kids by Douglas Laboratories – This complete, great tasting chewable provides multivitamins, minerals and a full spectrum of bioavailable trace elements that support the structure and function of growing bodies. Formulated for children aged 4 and older, this hypoallergenic formula contains natural orange or grape flavor and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Gluten and soy free.

 

Just For Kids Multi - GrapeJust For Kids Multi by Nutritional Frontiers – Naturally flavored, bear-shaped chewables provide a compete blend of multivitamins, minerals and the nutrients necessary for proper growth and function. Natural orange or grape flavor. Gluten, soy and dairy free, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

 

Kid's One DailyKids One Daily by MegaFood – These easy to swallow minitabs provide comprehensive nourishment with FoodState™ Nutrients derived from fresh and local foods. One daily tablet provides 24 essential vitamins and minerals along with organic bioflavonoids and antioxidants for children aged 5 and older. Gluten, soy and lactose free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

References:
Seeing Red: Report Finds FDA Fails to Protect Children in Light of New Evidence on Food Dyes. http://cspinet.org/new/201601191.html
Does Artificial Food Coloring Contribute to ADHD in Children? http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-artificial-food-coloring-contribute-to-adhd-in-children/
Living in Color: The Potential Dangers of Artificial Dyes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelhennessey/2012/08/27/living-in-color-the-potential-dangers-of-artificial-dyes/#3dca05623213
Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks. http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/food-dyes-rainbow-of-risks.pdf
Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/suffer-the-children/201203/why-french-kids-dont-have-adhd
ADHD by the numbers: Facts, Statistics, and You. http://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/facts-statistics-infographic#1
FDA Probes Link Between Food Dyes, Kids’ Behavior. http://www.npr.org/2011/03/30/134962888/fda-probes-link-between-food-dyes-kids-behavior
All About Food Color Additives. http://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-food-additives