Parents can help children to be able to control their habit of snacking carelessly. One way is to provide them with food from home. Sounds old-fashioned? Wait a minute. This one method does sound outdated, but for matters of effectiveness, don’t ask again. Equipping children with cooking from home will change the child’s mindset and lifestyle. By getting used to providing children with homemade food will stimulate children to be more organized, disciplined, and smarter. This is because the nutritional content contained in homemade food is more. Likewise with hygiene. The food served doesn’t have to be expensive. The most important thing is a complete and balanced nutritional content, and must be clean and healthy.
In addition to a complete and balanced nutritional content, homemade food must meet food safety standards. The following are five food safety rules based on data obtained from the BPOM Surveillance Team:
1. Use foods that are minimal chemicals
To get healthy and nutritious food, of course, the ingredients used must be safe and non-toxic. The chemicals in food ingredients such as preservatives and pesticides contain harmful ingredients that will damage the system digestive system work and other organs. These dangerous materials cannot be seen with the naked eye. However, there is an easy way to recognize it. Look at the brightness of the color. If the food has a striking color, you can be sure that it contains dangerous substances because it contains artificial coloring.
2. Be observant in choosing snacks
Instinctively, children will be tempted to try new things. You must be wise in reacting to it. Buy snacks every once in a while. Teach children to choose which snacks are suitable for consumption and which are not. Also instill about food hygiene in children.
3. Do not just buy food
When buying a food, also look at the label. Check whether the food to be purchased contains harmful substances or not. Some will use other terms to obscure the content of hazardous substances, so be aware. See also the date of manufacture and expiration.
4. Check cleanliness
Teach healthy behavior in children. Start with the habit of washing your hands before and after eating. Also cultivate to use clean and healthy cutlery.
5. Report to BPOM
When you find food that is out of date or contains dangerous substances, record the brand and then report it to BPOM. This will have a big impact because the withdrawal of similar products from the market will minimize casualties.