Staple foods lack the nutrients growing bodies need
In countries across the globe, children live on staple foods like rice and corn almost exclusively. These foods are filling and affordable, but lack essential nutrients. Even in the U.S., low-income meals are often heavy in starch, fat and sugar, and lacking critical vitamins. When children are consuming enough calories to survive but are not getting the nutrients they need, they suffer from malnutrition, or more specifically, undernutrition. Even when they're not starving, the health risks of poor nutrition are a dangerous health risk to young children everywhere.