Proper nutrition of children is very important for their health and proper development. During childhood, intensive growth occurs. This is why a well-balanced diet is so important.
A healthy diet means providing the right amount
All nutrients should be supplied to the body through a properly balanced diet.
Your child’s diet should be based on properly balanced meals from 5 product groups:
Products in this category should make up 33% of the daily diet, meaning they must be the basis of every meal or snack. Other grain products include:
Products in this group provide:
Products from this group should constitute 30% of the daily diet. They provide vitamins A, C, E as well as minerals and antioxidants. For young children it is enough to give 5 small portions of vegetables and fruits every day.
Products from this group should make up 15% of your daily diet, they are a great source of:
Children should be given dairy products and whole milk.
Products from this group should make up 12% of all meals, they are a source of:
Should make up only 8% of the daily diet. Fat is necessary for better absorption of vitamin A and E. The diet should be dominated by monounsaturated fatty acids, which can be found in:
Products with a high fat content should not appear in the child’s diet. It is worth replacing sweet snacks with fresh or dried fruits.
A child should eat varied meals, containing lots of fruit and vegetables. It is essential in the diet of a child:
During intensive growth, the child should be provided with all necessary nutrients, and it is important to ensure a proper amount of balanced meals. Nutrient deficiencies can lead to e.g:
An excess of these nutrients can lead to overweight and obesity.
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