The lack of variety in the diet of a fussy eater compromises their intake of fiber and essential micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). This lack of micronutrients in the child’s diet, along with the small tummy size and high nutrition needs, together causes a nutrition gap.
Insufficient intake of essential micronutrients may lead to ‘hidden hunger’ (deficiency of micronutrients) in apparently healthy looking children with consequences such as:
A number of micronutrients are required for overall development of your child; some of these are highlighted below:
It is therefore essential to enhance your child’s diet by including micronutrient-dense foods. Ensure that the diet has all food groups such as grains, eggs, milk and other dairy products, meat, and fish, along with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget–the inclusion of fats is equally important, as fats help absorb micronutrients. You can also provide your child fortified foods, which will provide these nutrients in required quantities and help support bridge the nutrient gap.