A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism shows that teens who eat a low-fiber diet may be at an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. At the Georgia Health Sciences University, researchers found that kids ages 14-18 consume about one-third of the daily recommended amount of fiber.
As a concerned parent, it can be difficult to keep a record of what your child eats, especially when they find new freedoms in their late teens. It could be helpful to keep a family diet journal. Make a note of what you’re buying when you head to the grocery store. Make a point to know the foods available at your child’s school. Talk to your kids about nutrition. While it can be difficult to keep track of everything, from the food you buy and the inquires you make about meals outside of your home, you can get a good idea about what your children are eating. You can also keep track of your own habits to see if you could use more fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your own diet!
When you live a busy lifestyle, it can be difficult to keep track of what you’re eating. It can be even more difficult to take care of your family, too. When it comes down to it, what’s more important than the health of your family? It may be difficult to start, but family nutrition journaling can keep you all happy, healthy, and active.