“Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition” by Lizzy Rockwell Review
Good Enough to Eat is not like many books written about children’s nutrition for one main reason; it’s actually written for kids! Using beautiful illustrations and a family setting to introduce many of the concepts, Good Enough to Eat serves as an introduction to healthy eating for children. It explains how our bodies work, and the importance of a balanced diet.
Breaking down our dietary intake into six sections, the book discusses carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, vitamins and minerals. It explains these groupings in simple languages and supplements the information with lovely illustrations, explanations and examples of each group. For this reason, Good Enough to Eat is often used by educators as well as parents as an introduction to nutritional eating.
Is “Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition” Worth Buying?
Educating children about food is an absolutely vital step in promoting healthy eating and positive attitudes towards food. For this reason alone, Good Enough to Eat is a fantastic idea for those looking to introduce the concepts of a balanced diet with their children.
The book is well laid out, and the illustrations of parents and children in different situations help to explain the concepts being discussed. As an example, the book explains what protein is necessary for, has a child speaking an additional sentence on the importance of protein in real terms, and gives examples of foods that provide us with protein.
While this serves as a great introduction to these concepts, parents should not be so naïve to think that Good Enough to Eat serves as the perfect diet plan to be followed. On the contrary, it relies on some questionable and outdated ideas (such as introducing the food pyramid) that are highly contested today. Ideas like the food pyramid are concepts that were influenced by lobby groups looking to promote their own interests.
For this reason, it is important that parents do not blindly follow advice in the book.
That being said, Good Enough to Eat is not intended as a dietary recommendation for parents to follow. Rather, it is an educational tool that introduces food groups to children in a fun and engaging way. It is informative without being insistent, and serves to promote a basic understanding of a balanced diet in children.
By taking these first steps, children can be made aware of the importance of monitoring what they eat, and more in depth analysis of diets can be done. Good Enough to Eat isn’t the definitive answer to providing a diet plan for your children; it doesn’t claim to be. It is an introduction to the basics of nutrition for children, and when viewed in that light, it is a fine and engaging book.