In our last blog we discussed why kids need fiber in their diets and saw the importance and benefits of kids getting enough fiber. But.. how much fiber is needed? How much is enough?
While you won't hear kids say they are craving a fiber rich diet, the options for boosting fiber in yours and your kids' diets has become more convenient and tasty. You may very well find them craving these options.
Now that you know that your children may benefit from adding more fiber to their diets, you don't want to over do it. Fiber should be ingested in amounts that are age-appropriate. When consumed in appropriate amounts, all types of fiber are considered a healthy addition to children's diets.
If you have too much fiber as part of your daily diet you could experience some uncomfortable side effects. Going above the recommended amount could cause constipation, gas, diarrhea and/or bloating. Suffering from constipation is common in kids and is often related to ingesting to much fiber and not enough water. So in addition to boosting fiber intake, make sure your kids are also drinking enough water each day.
To reap the best health benefits, make sure fiber is a consistent and varied part of your children's diet while staying close to the recommended amounts for their age.
As the hectic lifestyle that comes along with back to school approaches, there are many ways to boost your children's daily fiber intake. Mochi Barley is a great source providing many nutrients and health benefits. It has a great rice like texture and a light nutty flavor, while being quick and easy to make and can be prepared in so many options. Mochi Barley (Where do I get it?) can be used in everything from breakfast to side dishes to main courses to desserts.