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YOUR CHILD’S DIET

Providing the best nutrition for your child starts with choosing healthy foods.

When you build healthy eating habits for your children at a young age, it can reinforce smart nutritional choices as they grow older. So it's important to start early. A well-balanced diet will provide all the energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals that your child needs to grow and stay well. One important step is to take a look at the nutrition information panel to determine the amount of nutrients in the foods you purchase.

Select fresh, wholesome foods and read labels of canned and packaged foods in order to help make healthy choices. Here’s a quick guide to some of the nutrients your child needs, where he or she can get them and why they’re an essential part of a healthy life: 

 

NUTRIENT TYPE WHY IT'S IMPORTANT GOOD SOURCES
Protein The body uses protein to build healthy muscle and tissue. Lean meats, eggs, fish, poultry, beans, nuts and cheese
Carbohydrate Carbohydrates are the body's primary source of energy. Starches (bread, potatoes, pasta, rice), fruits, vegetables, and dairy products
Fat The body stores fats for energy and to transport essential fat-soluble vitamins. All types of oils, margarine and butter, and foods naturally containing fats such as meats, dairy and oily fish
Calcium Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. More than 99% of total body calcium is stored in the bones and teeth, where its function is to support their structure. Yoghurt, milk, low-fat cheese, tofu and cottage cheese
Fibre Fibre is a natural part of plant foods, and it helps keep the body's system clean and running smoothly. Fruits with skin, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), potatoes with skin, brown rice and foods made with whole wheat, whole grains or wholemeal
Information provided is for general background purposes and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or advice from a qualified healthcare professional.
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RXANI150037c: DATE OF PREPARATION MARCH 2015
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