How to Add Vitamin Supplements to Children's Food

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Children don't always eat the vitamin-rich foods they need. Consider adding supplements or high-vitamin foods to children's favorite meals with tips from a licensed and registered dietitian in this free video on vitamins for children.

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Hi, I'm Charlotte Lawson, a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Now, if you have children, you probably know it's very difficult to get them to eat all the appropriate foods and vegetables and good things they need in their diet. One, a little bit of information on how to increase their vitamin and mineral intake and maybe incorporating a supplement if necessary. Keep in mind, there are plenty of excellent products out on the market as far as children's chewable multivitamins and minerals. They have the normal kind of hard type or more frequently, we've been seeing some of the gummy kind that often look like a piece of candy to a child and sometimes, a little piece of fake candy if you will is easier than maybe those fruits or vegetables. But, I'm here to say fruits and vegetables are still the best source of vitamins and minerals in our diet and it's very important to continue and try new, new fruits and vegetables with your children. Now, children do, they follow the monkey see, monkey do pattern. So, if you as an adult are not enjoying those fruits and vegetables, your child is less likely to enjoy them as well. Now, think about incorporating them into dishes they already like; for instance, macaroni and cheese. This is normally a childhood staple. But, think about maybe pouring in a bag of frozen peas and carrots. This is an excellent and easy way to add some vitamins and minerals to a meal the child already likes and often adds a little variety and color for his eyes as well. So again, fruits and vegetables are definitely the best source and try incorporating new ones. Try and try again as often children do go through food jags, may not like something one week, but love it the next. But then, and if you fail, I guess tried everything and everything else fails, look at then supplementing with just an over-the-counter vitamin and mineral approved for children. Anything over 100 percent on the daily amount is really not recommended and also be aware of the iron. Iron deficiency can happen in children as they starting incorporating children's milk into the diet; but again, can sometimes be an overconsumption of iron. So, check with your physician before starting any supplement. I'm Charlotte, and eat happy.

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