The importance of youth nutrition cannot be understated. As a parent, you are responsible for many key decisions regarding your child’s upbringing. Few, if any, are more critical than ensuring that your child gets the proper nutrition. This is doubly important if you have a child that is very active and regulalry participates in sports.

Actually, even if your child is not very active or involved with organized sports, proper nutrition is vital. It may even be more important for these types of kids who aren't getting the proper amount of physical activity. Child obesity is at an all-time high, given the generally sedentary lifestyle that society has begun to adapt with rising levels of use in video games, computers, and television. Experts believe approximately 25% of children under 19 currently qualify as obese, and approximately two out of three adults is the same. Therefore learning to make wise food choices at an early stage in one's life can be the key difference in the quality of life as an adult. It is a proven fact that obesity in children increase their risk in adulthood for heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, and more.

Because children go through a critical stage of physical development, you'll want to ensure they get the right kinds of nutrients. Most importantly are foods that have the added value of providing extra protein for developing muscle, calcium for growing bones, and iron, which tends to be deficient in children.

Children should therefore consume also lots of organic grown fruits and vegetables, which are full of life essential vitamins and minerals. A tasty, simple and efficient way to achieve that is through all natural Juices and Smoothies.

The following links provide more information on specific foods to offer your children, as well as those to avoid.

Basic Sports Nutrition

Healthiest Foods To Eat

Seven Key Foods To Avoid For Kids

Hydration For Sports Training

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