Some critical mistakes in child nutrition increase cancer risk

Proper nutrition of children is one of the important elements of a healthy life in the future. Mistakes made in nutrition at an early age can cause many health problems in adulthood. Burnt meat, moldy cheese, poorly washed vegetables, unpasteurized juices, open bread and oils… Unconscious consumption of all these foods increases the risk of cancer in children. Stating that the necessary care should be taken in the nutrition of children, Prof. from the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Atila Tanyeli made recommendations for reducing the risk of cancer in children with proper nutrition.

Do not feed burnt meat to your children while cooking.

All well-cooked meats, fish and poultry, well-cooked eggs, canned and meat products (lamb, beef, fish, chicken, shellfish), salami, sausage, ham, packaged products, provided that they are stored in the refrigerator, should be consumed without waiting. Undercooked or undercooked meat and meat products, chickens, fish, undercooked eggs, fried (especially burnt) foods, offal, smoked seafood or meat products, open salami, sausages, ham that are not stored under hygienic conditions should be avoided.

Excess sugar consumption impairs human health by increasing the risk of cancer.

Milk and dairy products sold in the open are at risk of disease

There is no problem in consuming a certain amount of pasteurized milk, cheese, yoghurt and packaged ice cream. However, such products that are not pasteurized and sold in the open, old and moldy cheese varieties, dairy products and cheeses of dubious origin should not be eaten.

Thick-skinned fruits should be consumed by deep peeling.

There is no harm in eating well-prepared canned and frozen vegetables, well-cooked meals, and peeled vegetables. Vegetables must be thoroughly washed at least 3 times. Meals and salads made from poorly washed vegetables should not be given to children. Canned fruits, single-use juices in pasteurized cardboard boxes, and fruits with thick skins (apple, pear, kiwi, banana, orange) can be consumed by deep peeling. Fresh frozen fruit and fruit juices, unpasteurized juices, frozen strawberries and thin-skinned fruits such as grapes are not recommended for children.

Legumes dishes should be prepared with clean water.

All types of fully packaged bread, packaged biscuits and cereals, cooked dumplings, legume or flour or grain soups prepared with boiled or sterile water, well-cooked pasta, rice, bulgur, very well-cooked dried beans, chickpeas, green lentils, kidney beans is healthy for All open breads, open cakes, dry cakes, biscuits, fried muffins, pies, sweets, and cereal products used without cooking are objectionable. In addition, pasteurized butter and pasteurized olive oil should be preferred in oil selection, while oils and butter that are sold in the open should be avoided. Being in unhygienic conditions increases the risk of infection.

Tap water should be boiled for at least 10 minutes.

Certain rules should be followed in the consumption of liquids in children. Tea, coffee, cocoa prepared by boiling in a teapot, all beverages prepared with boiled water, canned bottled drinks, packaged foods can be consumed in disposable packages. If tap water is to be used, at least 10 minutes. should be boiled. Children should avoid sodas, alcoholic beverages, fermented beverages, and cold-brewed tea.

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10 rules to be considered for proper nutrition in children

  1. Care must be taken to ensure that all food is well cooked. The frying method should be preferred as little as possible. Cooked foods should be consumed immediately, leftovers should not be consumed at the next meals.
  2. All food should be well washed. Vegetables and fruits should be washed in water where chlorine tablets were used, or 2 tablespoons of vinegar should be added to 1 liter of water and the vegetable/fruit should be left for 15-20 minutes, then washed very well under running water.
  3. Rotten, bruised, burst fruit/vegetables should not be taken. Fresh and seasonal ones should be preferred, their skins should be peeled and consumed. Foods and beverages containing additives and hormones should be avoided.
  4. Products with damaged packaging/canned foods should not be preferred. Especially canned food with a puffy lid should not be eaten. This means that there is microbial growth in canned food.
  5. Eggs should not be boiled for more than 10 minutes.
  6. Flavoring agents such as spices should be added to the dishes during cooking and should not be added later.
  7. When preparing food, clean and glass containers should be used. Wood cutting tools increase bacterial growth.
  8. If possible, the dishes should be washed in the dishwasher at the highest temperature (70 degrees).
  9. Food should be taken daily and make sure they are fresh. The expiry date of foods must be observed. Especially milk and dairy products should be purchased as UHT or pasteurized and for single use.
  10. At least 2.5-3 liters of water should be drunk daily. If possible, it should be preferred that the drinking water be in glass bottles. Water in plastic bottles kept in the car trunk in summer should not be consumed.

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