World Mental Health Day 2021: Nutrition is essential to support children’s brain development, and it plays an important role in concentration and learning. Certain foods, such as eggs, oily fish and vegetables, contain essential nutrients for early growth. Foods containing the nutrients needed are important for the development of the brain of children. Low glycemic index (GI) foods can support brain function by balancing blood sugar. These foods can help with concentration and focus in school. We talked to Dr. Smriti Chaturvedi about this. Know what he said.
These foods are essential for a healthy brain:
Eggs are known to be a great protein source – but egg yolks are also loaded with choline, which helps with memory development. Research suggests that choline is important for a baby’s development and brain function. According to one study, a large egg yolk contains 125 milligrams (mg) of choline, which is half the requirement for children aged 4-8 years.
Eggs are known to be an excellent protein source
2. Peanut Butter:
“Peanuts and peanut butter are a good source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects nerve membranes – as well as thiamin that helps the brain and nervous system use glucose for energy.”. Make peanut butter and banana sandwich. Dip apple pieces in peanut butter. Or, pour on top of your favorite salad with a handful of peanuts.
3. Whole Grains:
The brain needs a constant supply of glucose – and whole grains provide that. Fiber helps regulate the release of glucose in the body, explains Smriti. “Whole grains also contain B-vitamins, which nourish a healthy nervous system.”
Oats are one of the most familiar hot cereals for babies and are a very nutritious “brain for the brain”. Oats provide excellent energy or fuel for the brain that kids need first thing in the morning.” Rich in fiber, oats keep a child’s brain fed throughout the morning at school. Oats contain vitamin E, B-vitamins, potassium and They are also good sources of zinc – which keeps our body and mind working at full capacity.
Beans are special because they have protein and energy from hard carbs — and fiber — plus lots of vitamins and minerals, says Smriti. “These are an excellent brain food because they keep a child’s energy and thinking levels at peak with lunch.”
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(This article is based on conversation with Dr. Smriti Chaturvedi (Dietician, Masterstroke Wellness).)