A survey carried out by the BBC has found that over 50% of kids don’t eat a single portion of vegetables on a daily basis.
The survey, conducted by Newsround, adds to growing concerns that we’re heading towards a national health crisis with the younger generation most at risk. Close to 1 in 3 kids are classed as obese, a figure that has trebled over the last three decades. Processed foods, lack of exercise and high sugar consumption are all combining to create the high level of obesity levels in children.
The survey found that 33% of kids eat unhealthy food more than three times a week, close to a quarter eat sweets every single day and just over 20% have takeaway more than three times a week.
A balanced and healthy diet is the key driver behind overall health and wellbeing. It’s also vital for good oral health. Eating vegetables will provide you with a dose of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you need to protect your teeth and gums.
Raw vegetables are great as their high water content means they also serve to keep your teeth and gums clean. Fruit and vegetables like carrots, apples and celery also have the added bonus of keeping your breath nice and fresh.
Look for foods that contain high levels of vitamin A (good for building strong teeth) and vitamin C (good for keeping your gums healthy). Keeping your diet varied and fresh will help you avoid the processed junk, stay fit and stay healthy.