30 Nov Tuna: a source of energy for children
While which foods to include or otherwise in our diet is a constant cause for concern among adults, when it comes to children, it becomes even more important and closely monitored.
From six months onwards, infants during weaning are introduced to new foods gradually as their digestive system is not yet fully developed and must adapt little by little to assimilating new substances. Before proposing certain foods, you also need to wait for the child’s stomach and intestines to be sufficiently developed.
But even after weaning, parents never stop seeking confirmation as to the correctness of their children’s diet. Fish has always been one of the foods recommended by paediatricians for a healthy well-balanced diet during the first few years of life.
TUNA AS A FOOD FOR GROWING CHILDREN
Fish is nutritionally very rich, its fats are considered nobler than those in meat and it contributes a significant quantity of vitamins and minerals to the diet.
It is a well-known fact that fish is an excellent food, particularly for growing children. The food contains various nutrients, including Omega 3, vitamin D and proteins, making it highly beneficial for development of the child’s eyes and brain.
Whether as a meal to be enjoyed by the entire family at home, a lunch to take to school or a nourishing snack, a can of tuna appears ever more frequently among the infinite variety of choices.
A hundred grams of tuna provides an average of 50-100 µg of iodine, an important nutrient for synthesising thyroid hormones and thus for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland responsible for modulating all metabolic activities. As to concerns regarding the presence of mercury in tuna, as explained by Simone Austin, spokesman of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia, canned tuna contains less mercury than slices of fresh tuna as it is made using younger fish which have accumulated less mercury during their life.
Bearing in mind that correct nutrition is based on a varied and well-balanced diet, for both adults and growing children, eating fish up to three times a week is a good alternative for your menus..