What Nutrients do Children Need?
The nutritional needs of a child are more than that of an adult. Childhood is an important phase of physical growth, cognitive development and maturation of immunity. 60% of an adult's standing height is achieved by 5 years. 90% of the human brain is developed before age 6. A child's immune system continues to grow until age of 5. An unbalanced diet results in a nutrition gap leading to low resistance to day to day infections due to a weakened immune system. Also the child fails to reach its full potential of growth and development with the added risk of obesity.
So the million dollar question is "How can one fit so much nutrition into a small tummy?"
- Step 1: Understand that a child is not a mini adult
- Step 2: Have a basic knowledge of the essential food groups.
- Step 3: Follow a healthy eating pattern focussing on variety, nutrient density and amount. Cup
- Step 4: Support healthy eating patterns and help your child develop good eating habits.