‘Teach Your Kids Ba­sics Of Cook­ing’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Brunch - - VARIETY - By Supriya Sharma

Bri­tish celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is on a global mis­sion to get chil­dren to eat right

OVER 42 MIL­LION kids un­der the age of five the world over are over­weight or obese. Food ed­u­ca­tion, says Jamie Oliver, is then the best defence against health dis­or­ders. Through cook­ing lessons in schools and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, and global cam­paigns, the chef-res­tau­ra­teur is work­ing to spread awareness about health­ier eat­ing habits. Ex­cerpts from an in­ter­view: es­teem and even de­pres­sion. The prob­lem to­day is not ac­ces­si­bil­ity to nu­tri­tious food, but ac­ces­si­bil­ity to proper food ed­u­ca­tion. To avoid any kind of mis­take, I sug­gest you to cook from scratch. And use fresh pro­duce. The ma­jor­ity of your sugar in­take should come from fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, and from milk. Opt for wa­ter in­stead of a sug­ary fizzy drink. health is­sues. Make chil­dren aware of this. Par­ents should ex­pose their child’s pal­ette to new tastes and cuisines. Teach your kids ba­sic cook­ing skills. It could be a first step to make them un­der­stand the im­por­tance of freshly pre­pared home food. The more ed­u­cated chil­dren are about food, the more likely they are to ap­pre­ci­ate your sug­ges­tions to eat healthy. Cook­ing is an ideal way to boost self-worth and teach re­spon­si­bil­ity. I have four daugh­ters. My old­est is six and my fifth one is on the way! My chil­dren have been taught about nutri­tion from a young age. We don’t ban any­thing. Ev­ery­thing can be eaten in mod­er­a­tion.

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