Buying Local Foods is Better Essay

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Have you ever considered what is in the food you are feeding your children? Most foods that are bought at the neighborhood grocery stores are considered global foods which are packed with additives and chemicals making them far less nutritious than local produce from the community farmer‘s market. After much research, I have concluded that it is better to buy produce which is grown locally rather than produce which is sourced globally (from other countries). I think this is important because most people, like myself, buy global foods and do not realize how much better local foods are for the local economy, the global environment, and our personal nutrition. Nutrition is vital to the healthy of everyone especially children, so with the …show more content…
Toddlers are transitioning from their eating habits as an infant to eating the kinds of foods an adult would. (kids health). The amount food that is giving to a toddler when they first start eating solids will influence their development from then into adulthood. The American Dietetic Association suggest that toddlers or “Most 2- to 3-year-old children need to consume about 1,000 calories per day.” Toddlers should be given about 2 cups daily of fruits and veggies. (more research) The amount of fruit and veggies a toddler eat can affect their development and health like in adults. Fruits and vegetables are important for a toddler’s diet. According to the 2009 Food Pyramid, it states that “fruits and vegetables contain many essential nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C.”(mypyramid.com) Each of these has their own role in aiding the toddler’s development and growth such as maintaining a healthy blood pressure, proper bowel function, help form red blood cells, healthy immune system, and strong bones (pyramid.com). Toddlers should be given the correct amount of fresh fruits and vegetables. The effect of not have the right nutrition from fruits and vegetables can impact a toddler now and as an adult. Toddlers can have weaken immune system causing them to be more susceptible to infections and illness if lacking these essential nutrients. In recent research by the American Heart
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