The first 1,000 days are often seen as the most critical window when it comes to shaping the longterm development of a child’s life.
Growth rates and brain development are at their peak during the first 1,000 days and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 80% of brain development happens before the age of 2.
Unfortunately, most children lack proper nutrition during this period, which can often lead to long-lasting issues.
According to the CDC, for children ages 12 to 23 months, less than 50% have eaten a vegetable and over 33% regularly consume a sugary drink, which leads to over a 14% obesity rate in children ages 2-5.
For example, often times babies experience iron and fiber deficiencies with the lack of fresh, whole, organic ingredients found in a lot of baby foods on the shelves at the store.
It’s critical to establish proper dietary guidelines for children under the age of 2 centered around a wide range of fruits, legumes, greens, grains, root veggies, spices, and fats in order to promote healthy growth and lifelong health.
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