Infant nutrition: “It is cultural to think of an infusion and a sweet thing for breakfast,” say pediatricians

With the beginning of autumn and the arrival of lower temperatures, eating habits begin to change. In communication with Radio UniversityPediatrician Sabrina Critzmann referred to meals for children at this time and assured that the belief that breakfast has to be an infusion and some bread “is cultural.” Both a tea and a cooked mate “reach the belly, but without nutrients because it is hot water and nothing else,” she stressed.

“The most serious thing is that they inhibit the absorption of iron, and children need to incorporate nutrients,” he explained. In addition, he referred to the educational institutions that provide infusions at breakfast and snack times: “This must be worked on at the state level, to analyze if it is due to a cost issue and how they could be translated in another way, because that saving, later, it will be reflected in health”.

On the other hand, Critzmann assured that, although the objective is for children to have breakfast, they cannot be forced since “sometimes the boys do not feel like it because it is very early, they are tired or cold”, and demand that they eat “ It’s a lot of stress.” “In those cases, we make a meal for them to have breakfast at recess, which does not have to be an alfajor, snacks or cookies, it can be real food like noodles, corn or fruit, because it is cultural to think of an infusion and a sweet thing ”, he warned.

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Although Critzmann assured that “there is no ideal breakfast”, he considered that fruits, nuts and creams based on these, baked with chickpea or lentil flour, and foods with fiber and good nutritional values ​​“are always a good option”. . “For example, the apple can be cut and cooked in the pan for breakfast in the winter, without the need to add sugar because it is very sweet. You have to find those strategies that contribute to the immune system, ”he recommended.

He also suggested reducing the amount of ultra-processed products and incorporating more “real foods that provide better health” since in Argentina less than 800 grams of legumes are consumed per person per year, while the average annual intake of soda is 131 liters of soda. On the other hand, he stressed the importance of drinking water in childhood in cold seasons to avoid constipation.

When asked about dairy consumption, Critzmann explained that, for example, “it is very cultural to say that you cannot live without milk” since proteins, calcium, some vitamins and fats, in the case of non-milk skimmed, “can be taken from other foods, and it is not so complex”, but that must be contextualized: “In a population in which the only protein that a child is going to consume is a glass of milk, it will surely help, but you have to think why there is no other protein intake”.