The food that we consume daily plays a critical role in our overall health and well-being. Not only does food provide us with the energy and nutrients we need to survive, but it also has a significant impact on our mood and emotions.
This is especially true for kiddies who are still developing and are more vulnerable to the effects of diet on mood. It is important as a parent to understand how food can affect a child's mood and the types of foods that are beneficial for promoting positive emotions and avoiding tantrums..
Food can affect a child's mood through its impact on blood sugar levels. When a child eats foods that are high in refined sugar or simple carbohydrates, their blood sugar levels can quickly spike and then crash, causing fluctuations in mood and energy levels. This can lead to feelings of irritability, fatigue, and even depression.
However, consuming complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables can provide a steady source of energy, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels and promote a more positive mood.
Another way that food can affect a child's mood is through its impact on the gut. The gut is home to trillions of bacteria that play a critical role in regulating mood and emotions. When children consume a diet that is high in processed foods and sugar, it can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut, leading to inflammation and negative mood symptoms.
In addition to these effects on their bodies, food can also have a psychological impact on a child. Eating foods that are perceived as ‘happy’ or ‘comforting’ can provide a temporary mood boost, but this can be bad for eating habits in the long run. Encouraging children to view food as fuel for their bodies and minds rather than a source of emotional comfort or reward can help to promote a healthier relationship with food and a more positive mood overall.
It is also important to consider the specific nutrients that are beneficial for promoting positive mood in children. Some key nutrients that have been shown to have a positive impact on mood include omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and magnesium. Encouraging children to consume a diet that is rich in these nutrients can help to promote positive mood and emotional well-being.
We know that being a parent is hard and it is super difficult to make the perfect food choice all time (in fact it is hard for us too) but it is all about balance and education. Allowing your children to make choices but understanding why we need a balanced diet.
Plus of course giving wholefood choices like Isaac’s Snacks that promote positive mood and encourage healthy eating in our children.