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The Good Parenting Food Guide: Managing What Children Eat Without Making Food a Problem by Jane Ogden

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What is healthy eating?

Magazines, newspapers, and radio and TV programs are full of articles and items about the importance of a healthy diet and what a healthy diet actually is. Often this information is confusing and sometimes it is wrong. This chapter attempts to clarify the world of healthy eating and will describe:
  • A brief history of healthy eating
  • Healthy eating in the modern day
  • Healthy eating throughout childhood
  • Why a healthy diet is important
Good parenting …
A healthy diet is important for how a child grows and develops. It also helps children stay healthy once they are adults as many adult illnesses start in childhood long before we have any symptoms. Good parenting is therefore about helping your child to eat a healthy diet and to develop good eating habits. It is also about making food nice without it being an issue.

A Brief History of Healthy Eating

The nature of a good diet has changed dramatically over the years. In 1824 The Family Oracle of Good Health published in the UK recommended that young ladies should eat the following at breakfast: “plain biscuit (not bread), broiled beef steaks or mutton chops, under done without any fat and half a pint of bottled ale, the genuine Scots ale is the best”; or if this was too strong, it suggested “one small breakfast cup of good strong tea or of coffee – weak tea or coffee is always bad for the nerves as well as the complexion.” Dinner is later described as similar to breakfast, with “no vegetables, boiled ...

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