Food that is not good for height growth

Food that is not good for height growth

April 16, 2019 | By Rachel Lee
Many parents realize the importance of nutrition in the growth of their children. However, some mistakes in food choice might accidentally influence their children's height growth in a negative way. To avoid the wrong choice of food, a number of food categories are recommended to stay away from including:

Sweet cakes and candies

Sweets are one of the causes of obesity and rapid weight gain. Overeating sweets such as candies or cakes or food high in starch will lead to the release of an inhibitory hormone on the skeleton restraining the bone growth and skeleton development.

Moreover, eating a lot of sweets will cause obesity and rapid weight gain causing pressure on bones and restrain the bone growth and cartilage growth. As a result, the height growth will be hindered.

Overly greasy foods

Overly greasy food provides a good source of calories to children, which might lead to excessive calories in their bodies and causes obesity. Meanwhile, weight is the biggest barrier to height growth. Besides, the content of vitamin D and fibre in overly greasy food will be lost during food processing, which affects calcium metabolism in the body.

Foods containing too much salt

Salt plays an important role to the body but eating too much salt will cause the body to excrete more calcium leading to calcium loss. Therefore, parents should control the salt intake of their children

When we eat too much salt, our bodies will suffer from fluid retention causing edema and high blood pressure. High blood pressure not only causes cardiovascular diseases but also puts pressure on the renal arteries, thereby causing kidney damage. Moreover, sodium also eliminates calcium from the body, which causes negative influence on the height growth of children. This explains why children with habits of eating too much salt are often stunted.

Fast food

A latest study has shown that the height of today’s children is declining compared to children in the previous decades. The main reason is the impact of fast food such as hamburger, pizza, fried chicken, etc.

Fast food is quickly processed mainly by frying and using a lot of preservatives. This way of processing will lose nutrients in food such as vitamin D, Calcium and fibre which are extremely essential for the height growth.

Eating too much beef

Most people think that beef is nutritious and good food for children's height growth. That's why many parents often let children eat beef frequently. It is improper to feed children too much beef because beef is rich in protein, but beef will make children suffer from bone and joint diseases in cases of overeating. Beef contains very little calcium. Meanwhile, it mainly contains acidic elements such as sulphur, phosphorus and chlorine causing high levels of acid in the blood. The body must use calcium to neutralize these levels of acid in order to regulate and stabilize the blood. In this process, the loss of calcium will influence height growth.

The aforementioned food is among the ones that are not good for height growth. As such, they are the wrong choices for your children. You should add food for the height growth to your children's daily meals such as carrots, eggs, chicken, soy, vegetables, fruits, etc. A balanced diet with food for height growth will not only help children grow taller but also help them stay healthy.


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