6 kinds of food that can stunt the growth of your child

Remember when you were a kid and your mother used to tell you that coffee would stunt your growth? It turns out she was wrong. However, there are certain kinds of food that can slow your child’s growth, if too much is consumed. Here is a list of foods you should watch out for if you want your child’s height to reach its full potential.

1. Junk food

There are so many reasons to cut junk food out of your children’s diet, and here’s one more. Junk food, as its name implies, have very little nutritional value, and does nothing but make your children’s stomachs full (and increase the risk of diabetes and obesity). Make sure that your child is only consuming a very limited amount of junk food.

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2. Soda

Carbonated drinks contain phosphorous, which is a useful mineral for development, but when consumed in large amounts can affect calcium levels. Studies have found that kids who consume more phosphorous have lower bone density. The more kids consume unhealthy foods like soda and junk food, the less likely they’d consume the proper nutrients. Limit soda consumption to help your child grow taller.

3. Rice

While rice by itself isn’t bad for your kids, a high-carbohydrate and low-protein diet slows your kids’ growth. If your child’s plate has more carbs than protein, this will probably stunt their growth. Children who have a more balanced diet with both carbohydrates AND protein are more likely to achieve their full height.

4. Soy

Though it hasn’t been scientifically proven that soy stunts growth, unfermented soy like soy milk, yogurt, and tofu contain phytic acid, which reduces calcium absorption. Calcium is vital for bone development, so consuming too much unfermented soy can affect your child’s growth.

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5. Alcohol

Studies suggest that alcohol consumption can stunt growth, but unfortunately, plenty of kids who are still growing consume alcohol. Make sure your kids know about the dangers of alcohol, and model good drinking behavior.

6. Sugar

Kids who consume a lot of sugar are usually shorter than kids who have low-sugar diets. Like carbohydrates, sugar raises your body’s insulin levels and prevents the body from growing properly. Though you shouldn’t ban your child from consuming sugary treats, make sure they do so moderately. 

Republished with permission from: theAsianParent Singapore