Nutrition Myths

Myth #3: Eating carbohydrates after 6pm can cause you to gain weight. Fact #3: 80 to 90 percent of my carbohydrate consumption takes place after 6 p.m. This is because eating after 6 p.m. produced greater weight loss when carbohydrates were consumed at night . Hunger scores were lower and greater improvements in fasting glucose, average daily insulin concentrations and homeostasis model assessments for insulin resistance, such as HOMA (IR), T-cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels, were observed in comparison to controls . In layman’s terms, body composition and virtually all blood work could improve if you consume your carbohydrates at night.

Afterschool nutrition and activities improve educational success

2: Be creative when introducing new foods While some kids are adventurous eaters, many are resistant to trying new things. Never force children to eat a particular food. If you face resistance, ask nicely if theyll taste one bite. If you still have troubles, include children in the purchasing and preparation of the food. Be creative in how the food is offered a little dip can make eating fun.

Good nutrition means better school performance

Hunger itself can cause discomfort, crankiness, and outbursts in even the best-behaved kids, she noted. The nutritional value of meals can also make a difference. A breakfast low in fiber and protein, like sugary toaster pastries, can lead to a midmorning energy crash. This is because the carbohydrates are digested and absorbed quickly, causing blood sugar levels to dive after an initial spike. Other than sudden fatigue, kids may also experience headaches and irritability, she said. In contrast, a high-protein, high-fiber meal of scrambled eggs on a whole-wheat English muffin will digest more slowly, preventing hunger and keeping blood sugar levels on an even keel, Kedem said. Of course, this extends to lunch, dinner, and snacks as well. Eating right throughout the day will improve behavior both at home and at school. Kids will concentrate better both in the classroom at the kitchen table when its time for homework, she added.

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