As an adult, you are probably aware of the benefits of a wholesome diet that is rich in raw and organic foods. You may even enjoy fermented foods in your diet, no matter how weird-looking or bizarre-tasting they may be. Fermented foods offer many nutritional advantages to people. This is why it’s important for your children to also appreciate these foods and include them in their diet.
There’s only one problem with this, though: many children today dislike fermented foods.
What Are Seethed Foods and Why Do Children Hate Them?
Fermentation is a tradition that goes back to thousands of years ago. In the early ages, it was done to preserve different types of foods like vegetables, so that families will have something to eat during the winter, when no crops grow on their land.
Today, seethed foods are a staple in many cultures. For example, Koreans do not consider a meal complete if there is no kimchi (spicy fermented vegetables) served with it. Meanwhile, the Japanese value natto, a fermented soybean dish, as a breakfast food.
So why are children now turning away from fermented foods?
The answer is simple: they now prefer “delicious” but unhealthy processed foods. The whole foods in a traditional health diet have now been replaced by junk food, which only wreak havoc on children’s health.
Here’s one classic example: try serving frozen yogurt (the type sold in kiosks) and tangy homemade yogurt to a child. Chances are he will prefer the sweet “froyo,” which has a poor nutritional value, over healthy yogurt.
It’s Up to YOU to Bring Back Fermented Foods into Your Children’s Diet
As a parent, it’s your duty to make sure that your child is eating healthy. You must teach him the value of healthy foods. If your child dislikes simmered foods, here are some simple tips you can try.
• Introduce fermented foods into his diet slowly. Ordering your child to eat a whole bowl of sauerkraut can be overwhelming. Instead of forcing him to eat large quantities, try adding small servings to his favorite food. For example, add some kimchi into his Asian noodles.
• Start with the good stuff. You have to admit, not all molded foods are tasty. In fact, natto, the pungent, stringy Japanese delicacy, is an acquired taste. Try serving the least exotic fermented foods first, like yogurt and kefir.
• Mix fermented foods into your favorite recipes. Try incorporating molded foods into your recipes, such as replacing cream with sour cream or yogurt, or using tempeh to make veggie burgers.
Last, but not the least, set a good example. If your child does not see you eating fermented foods, then he will not want to eat them as well! Sit with him during dinner time and show him that these unique dishes are enjoyable. With these simple tips, your child will soon appreciate and value molded foods.