Independent scientists and nutritionists at the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) have recently published new guidelines for healthy eating for children.
The guidelines stress the need to help children to shift from burning carbohydrates as their primary energy source to healthy fats, including ones derived from whole milk products, olive oil, nut and seed oils, coconut oil and intramuscular fats in meat. They also call on dramatic reductions in sugar intake, recent increases in consumption being attributed to misinformed government policies to reduce saturated fats.
Rather than including only 4 food groups like the present UK Department of Health guidelines created by the Children’s Food Trust, the Food4Kids guidelines incorporate 8 food groups. The authors say this is to encourage consumption of healthier food groups, in more appropriate ratios. The guidelines also include a food group entitled concentrated nutrients; the aim is to promote increased intake of nutrients in herbs and spices, as well as vitamin D and various minerals.