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How to Teach Children Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Posted by on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

We’ve said before that it’s never too early to start thinking about Alzheimer’s prevention, but at what age should we really start thinking about it? As crazy as it may sound, we think we should start with teaching our children proper nutrition for Alzheimer’s prevention.

Help Healthy Eating Habits to Children to Help Avoid Alzheimer's

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It may be difficult to start thinking about Alzheimer’s prevention when Alzheimer’s strikes so much later in life,but if you’re a parent, you should already be thinking about teaching your children how to eat to prevent disease.

For the most part, we learn our eating habits from our parents. As parents, we have an obligation to our children to understand nutrition, prepare healthy meals, and model good eating habits for our children to prevent disease. It’s also important for our children to understand that food has a direct impact on our health both now and in the future.

Preventing Alzheimer's by Teaching Children Healthy Eating Habits

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The amount of unhealthy food we consume has lead to the most serious diseases of our time: heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, and we’re passing our unhealthy eating habits to each subsequent generation. If you are a parent, start feeding your children nutritious food as soon as your children start eating. Help them get used to the taste of nutrient dense vegetables early, so they will grow up enjoying the foods that will keep them healthy. Not only can it help them fight disease, it may also help them avoid future taxes based on obesity!

Here are some tips for teaching your children to enjoy healthy foods for disease prevention:

Start young – when your children begin eating solid foods, provide them with unprocessed vegetables and complex flavors. It’s so easy to make and store your own baby food; there is no need to buy processed foods. For example, you can roast or steam a butternut squash, blend it in a blender and put the puree into an ice tray. Each piece of frozen squash can be one serving, and as your baby’s appetite grows, you can just add cubes. Stick the frozen puree into a microwave safe dish (preferably not plastic) and warm up in the microwave.

 

Be creative – children are really sensitive to textures, so adding foods like dark leafy greens can be a challenge. Instead of serving braised kale, try roasting it into chips (your kids won’t be able to refuse). Add spinach to quesadillas made with whole wheat tortillas and low fat cheese. Add pureed squash or sweet potatoes to pancakes with a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Make delicious smoothies as treats.

 

Teach Children Nutrition to Prevent Alzheimer's

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Rarely eat high-fat, sugar-filled, sodium packed foods. If you’re consistently feeding your children healthy foods, they won’t develop a taste for unhealthy foods that should only be eaten occasionally.

Teaching your children about nutrition and helping them develop a taste for healthy foods now will help them to pass on those healthy habits to future generations, and may even save them from diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

 

For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit theadplan.com to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

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