City primary kids ?pretty healthy



GLADSTONE primary school children are 'pretty healthy'', according to local nutritionists.

Gladstone Natural Health Centre naturopath Michael Smith said the fact that a lot of school children were taking fruit to school as well as things like yoghurt and sandwiches was a step in the right direction to curbing childhood obesity.

However, he said parents should be reading the labels products to ensure they did not contain high amounts of sugar or fat.

'Parents should be aware of the quantity of processed sugars and fat in certain foods and where possible try to come up with alternatives for these things, for example instead of buying juices with high amounts of sugar, try mixing natural fruit juices with water,' he said.

He said parents should also realise that just because a food may have a low Glycemic Index (GI) did not necessarily make it healthy.

'Low GI foods are good because they keep you feeling fuller for longer and improve concentration levels, but things like nutella and ice-cream are low GI foods but they can also contain a lot of sugar,' he said.

Mr Smith said parents also had to ensure children received enough protein during the day, to assist growth and lower blood sugar levels.

'Children need to eat more protein ? so things like some meat on a sandwich or a cheese stick are good, and obviously multi-grain and whole-grain breads are better than white bread,' he said.



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