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The ABC Principle for Lunch

>> Oct 2, 2014




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Remember the letters ABC when preparing your child's lunch. With the ABC principle, you could prepare a nutritious lunch. Debby Demony-Luce, Ph.D., RD, explained that the lunch for your child should be full of nutrients, good source of vitamins A, B, and C as well as calcium. Also advised that it contains vitamin D, iron, protein and carbohydrates.

A - abbreviation of vitamin A. Give orange vegetables, such as carrots with his/her
​​favorite yogurt.

Vitamin A plays a role in:
-Growth process
-The growth of bones and teeth
-Eye health
-Maintaining healthy skin
-Protecting the layer that protects the mouth, nose, throat, lungs, digestive system, and urinary tract from infection

B - short for vitamin B. This vitamin is present in meat, beans, wheat and grains. You can make sandwich with peanut butter, cheese or give him lunch with whole wheat crackers with low fat cheese. Pasta salad with cheese and red beans plus bread with oatmeal and raisins can also be an option.

B vitamins in general play a role in:
-The solving process and the use of carbohydrates, fats and proteins come from food
-Maintaining the health of the nervous system and muscles
-Keeping the liver function
-Produce energy in cells that use oxygen
-Helps production of sex hormones
-The process of fat formation and corticosteroids
-The releasing process of stored carbohydrate in the liver and muscles that used as energy
-Required in the formation of red blood cells and antibodies substances
-Maintain healthy skin and digestive system
-The process of formation of genetic material from the cell
-The process of using folic acid and carbohydrates contained in the diet

C stands for vitamin C and calcium. Both can be found in orange juice that has been added calcium. You can equip your child with strawberries, pineapple, citrus fruits and a glass of low-fat milk or yogurt. Low-fat dairy products offer protein and vitamin D. Food sources containing vitamin D is very important for children in the face of the rainy season.

Vitamin C plays a role in:
-The process of growth
-Maintain healthy bones, teeth, milk, ligaments and blood vessels
-Keeping all organ functions
-Forming certain neurotransmitter substances and adrenal hormones
-The use of folic acid and iron absorption
-The normal response of the immune system against infectious diseases
-The process of wound healing

According to Demory-Luce, lunch should contain one-third of the intake of daily vitamins, minerals and calories. To ensure your child receives a healthy balanced diet, choose a variety of foods available in the
Food Pyramid.

Don’t forget to include your child’s role when choosing his favorite food for lunch at school. You can teach the importance of healthy food for the body. And hopefully the participation in choosing the food will still be remembered by your child until adult.

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