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Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Personal experience with my daughter makes me nod my head with the article of Dole Nutrition Institute regarding constipation. It truly is something you should prevent your kid from having. Though I have to admit that my little one had this problem when she was yet to start weaning. She was unfortunately lacto-intolerant then and so was advised by her pedia to be given Soya Milk. It is a really a trying time for us. But I had seen older kids battle with constipation simply because they were not fed enough veggies. Dole Nutrition Institute Jennifer Grossman aids the company with its goal of reaching out to others on incorporation of fruits and vegetables into the diet for its many health benefits.

And as the Dole DNI article says, one of its benefits is regarding constipation:

Constipation 13x Higher Among Kids Who Don't Like Fruit, Vegetables
April 29, 2011

Sometimes, getting children to eat fruit and vegetables can be no fun. Less fun for kids is constipation. Statistics suggest constipation is on the rise among school-age children, but new research demonstrates that increased produce intake could help prevent discomfort and support normal bowel health.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing compared the dietary habits of Hong Kong school children (ages 8 to 10) with prevalence of constipation. Of the 383 children surveyed, 7% were considered constipated (defined as having three or fewer bowel movements/week). Results showed that children indicating a dislike of fruit and vegetables were 13 times more likely to suffer constipation. Also, those who drank less than 24 ounces of liquids daily were eight times more likely to be constipated. Another, larger study of 2,375 children found that those with a lower intake of fruit and vegetables were 21% and 33%, respectively, more likely to suffer constipation.

Aside from making their bathroom visits less onerous, there are plenty of other benefits to feeding your kids more fruit and vegetables. These include fewer tummy aches, higher test scores, fewer respiratory problems, stronger bones, and more balanced blood pressure according to preliminary research. Additionally, more produce on the plate may help your kids avoid childhood obesity, and its many attendant ailments.

Bonus: Kiwis vs. constipation? One study found that adults who ate two kiwis a day for a month enjoyed more frequent bowel movements and less overall discomfort.

I believe that this concern for constipation do not just apply to kids but to adults too. Fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber and it truly aids in bowel movement. More importantly fiber helps avoids more serious health conditions such as colon cancer, diabetes, hypertension and other heart diseases.Love vegetables for the fiber, vitamins, minerals and taste that it gives. Let your children grow with it and they will have a healthier life onto adulthood. Salute to Jennifer Grossman Dole Nutrition Institute for sharing in her own way the importance of fruits and vegetables. Jennifer Grossman Dole is known to be a television commentator and has published thousands of publications in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Known or not, the passion Jennifer Grossman have to share this to others is something we should have as well. Start with your friends and love ones, start with your kids.




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