Friday, April 25, 2014

Children's Nutrition. - guidelines that any parent can use to provide basic nutrients for their children

For those interested in tips, suggestions and nutritional information for babies and toddlers I will leave here a series of post that discuss some of the material that I have been studying during my course - Children's Nutrition.

Here it is some of the answers to the assignments that I have been asked during the course
 Draw up a basic set of guidelines that any parent could understand and use to provide the basic nutrients children need.

Even if children's nutrition needs vary according to their age, activity level, health status and size, the range of nutrients that they need in their lives is constant throughout.
So, a healthy diet should basically be:

-Protein (meat, fish, eggs, soya products and dairy)

-Carbohydrates (complex like wholemeal cereals, grains, quinoa, sweet-potato, rice)

- Fat (healthy ones like oily fish, nuts, seeds, dairy, olive oil)

-Vitamins and Minerals (all kind of vegetables and fruit)

-Liquids (water, fresh fruit juices, milk or cereal beverages like almond, rice or hazelnut milk)

- Eat foods rich in Iron combining in the same meal with products rich in Vitamin C because this vitamin helps improved iron absorption by the metabolism.

-Really important to give children foods rich in Omega 3 like oily fish (salmon, tuna, trout, hearing), due to it's important role in brain cells development.
- Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption, for this reason children should play outside getting some sun light, from where the vitamin D comes, or taking supplements (always authorized by a Doctor)
Each different food type will be rich in different nutrients and poor in others, so combining them in different meals we can get a balance of nutrients.

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