Cross Roads with Dr. Arif Khan

Crossroads 4 th Episode

Join us for the Fourth episode of crossroads with Dr. Arif Khan on Wednesday, 18th August 2021 at 7:00 pm. He will be in conversation with mitun de sarkar Clinical Dietician / Nutritionist from Simply Healthy Diets, who will shed light on the significance of a good diet in children. You can ask your questions and interact with them during the session.

How does a poor diet affect a child’s development?

During childhood, undernutrition causes children to have low energy and less interest in learning, which adversely influences cognitive development and academic performance. Undernutrition will also affect physical growth and maturation, thus affecting growth rate, body weight, and ultimately, height.

What are the key components necessary for a child’s body and brain growth?

Cognitive, emotional, physical, social form the crucial aspects of children’s development. Armed with this knowledge, parents can focus their efforts on balanced growth for their child. Proper nutrition starting in pregnancy.Exposure to toxins or infections.The child’s experiences with other people and the world.

Can you break the myth of calcium, bones and milk?

The dairy and bone health link is one of the most pervasive milk myths. One large-scale Harvard study followed 72,000 women for two decades and found no evidence that drinking milk can prevent bone fractures or osteoporosis.Proteins found in dairy products actually rob calcium from bone stores, making plant-based sources — and exercise — a better choice for healthy bones.

How can a parent monitor a child’s nutrition?


A food diary can be a great way to keep track of the foods your kids are eating. There are many possible reasons to use a food diary with kids, such as to make sure that they are getting enough fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and minerals from all of the different food groups.

What are the proper sources for minerals like copper, zinc, iodine and selenium?

Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are packed with an array of minerals but particularly rich in magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, selenium, and phosphorus. Shellfish,Cruciferous vegetables, Organ meats, Eggs, Beans, Cocoa, Avocados. are also rich in minerals.

What are refined carbs?


Refined carbs or simple carbohydrates are processed carbohydrates devoid of their nutrients, fiber, and bran. The most common sources of refined carbs include pasta, white bread, breakfast cereals, common flour, and sugar.

How to resolve obesity in children?

Lifestyle issues — too little activity and too many calories from food and drinks — are the main contributors to childhood obesity. But genetic and hormonal factors might play a role as well.The most important strategies for preventing obesity are healthy eating behaviors, regular physical activity, and reduced sedentary activity (such as watching television and videotapes, and playing computer games).

Can keto diet help autism?

Recent studies have shown that the ketogenic diet (high-fat, low-carbohydrate, and moderate protein; induce a shift from the primary metabolism of glucose to ketones) or Modified-Atkins diet may be effective in treating autism.

While a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet may be most well known for those hoping to lose a few pounds, researchers have discovered that when kids with autism spectrum disorders, or ASD, were fed a modified version of a ketogenic diet, it improved behaviour and changed the metabolism and trace elements in their bodies.