A new survey has revealed that over 40% of parents can only cook seven children’s meals, and repeat the same dinner choices every week.
Polling 1,500 British mums and dads, Organix asked about mealtime routines in families with children under the age of four.
As well as repeating the same meals every week, 28% of respondents claimed they never checked their children’s food for nutritional value, while 27% admitted their children prefer to eat junk food than healthier home-cooked meals.
These figures can be put down to a number of factors, according to Child Nutrionist Dr Frankie Phillips.
“Parents are struggling to find the time and confidence to experiment with interesting food for their children”, he commented.
“These early stages can shape your child’s relationship with food and influence their diet in adulthood, so it is vital to get it right now.”
This comes as a new report outlines the health benefits of eggs for young children, especially during weaning.
Dietician Dr Carrie Ruxton writes, “During weaning, just one egg provides babies with significant levels of key vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A and D. Studies show that inadequate intakes of key nutrients in early life can inhibit optimal development or increase the risk of disease.
She continues, “Despite allergy fears, diagnosed food allergy affects only 1-2% of adults and 5-8% of children, although most children ‘grow out’ of their food allergies, according to Department of Health advice. “To reduce the risk of allergy, it is recommended that babies are offered eggs after six months of age – the point at which the introduction of solids is generally advised.”