Information & Advice
"Whatever age you are, the more variety in your diet, the better," says Patricia Mucavele who is research and nutrition senior manager at the School Food Trust, a charity that advises the Government on children's food.
"Children see adults as role models, so if you are enthusiastic about trying new foods, its likely your child will be too."
"Sit with your children when they eat, and lead by example – don't add salt to your food at the table, use your cutlery correctly and finish all your vegetables!"
"Forcing children to finish what's on their plate before leaving the table or to eat food that they don't want, can lead to an even greater dislike of that food, and could become a habit they take into adulthood."
If your little fussy eater is attached to a particular type of unhealthy food, it's alright to let them eat it as a one-off.
"It isn't always easy to get your child to eat the right types and amounts of food," says Patricia. "So as long as it doesn't become the norm, it's OK to provide a well-loved, perhaps less healthy meal from time to time."
"Eating new and unfamiliar foods on holiday is a great way for all of us to increase variety in our diets and teach children about the food of other cultures," says Patricia.
"Just like you would at home, introduce your child to new tastes gradually, perhaps encouraging them to try a small amount from your plate. As they become more familiar and confident with new ingredients and flavours, you can give them their own portion."
If your child is unwilling to sample foreign fare, Patricia suggests packing some of their favourite food to take with you.
"It's a good idea to pack some favourite foods in your hand luggage, especially if you are travelling for a long time or if you are expecting to arrive at your destination in the evening when shops and restaurants may be closed," she says. "Check current rules at customs as some countries will not allow you to bring certain foods into the country."
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