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Claudia M. González MS. RDN. LDN
“My kids don’t drink enough water,” is one of the most common phrases that I hear parents in regards to their children’s nutrition and hydration. As a mom and a registered dietitian, it’s definitely something I recommend to pay attention to.
What’s on the menu at your house? Is it Cuban, Puerto Rican, Tex-Mex, American food or is it a mix of each? This is one of the first questions I ask my clients in my practice. Generally, Latinos who were born in the United States have distanced themselves from the Latino diet, at least more than their parents who were born in Latin America and came to the United States as adults. The change away from a traditional Latino diet toward, for example, to ready-to-eat foods and/or fast food restaurants is usually not what Latinos did 20 years ago in their hometown. The traditional Latino diet tends to be healthy and rich in nutrients; here’s why: