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Roles of Vegetables and Fruits in Academic Excellence

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The first place to start when trying to improve your child’s nutrition is to add more fruit and vegetables to his/her diet, this is because fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of numerous nutrients. They contain necessary vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, starch and fiber necessary for proper brain development.  Research has showed that people who consume diets rich in fruits and vegetables have lower risk for heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers. Focus on offering your child a variety of fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables will ensure your child is getting the many different nutrients he/she needs. Too much of anything good is bad. We need to understand that fruits and vegetables should be eaten with discretion. Excess intake may:

– Cause Indigestion

– Affect the intelligent development and bone growth of the children. Scientists have discovered that the
excessive intake of vegetables will hinder the absorption of calcium and zinc in the body, thus affecting the intelligent development and bone growth of the children. This is especially harmful to the pregnant women and the children at the growth and development stage.

– Lead to Calculus(also known as kidney stone). Some vegetables such as spinach, celery, and tomato,
contain a large number of oxalic acid, which will combine with the calcium contained in other foods and form into calcium oxalate, thus easily leading to calculus. This is one of the main reasons why many vegetarian children are susceptible to calculus.

– Lead to malnutrition and iron-deficiency anemia in children.

From what we have discussed above, we can see that it is very important to keep a balanced diet in daily life. Excessive intake of fruits and vegetables is not advisable. Be warned.