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Why is a balanced diet important for a child?

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2010-12-30 11:23:42

  • A balanced diet is important for the health and development

    of a child if the child is to flourish and enjoy good

    health. A balanced diet means a diet that has food items

    from all the major food groups. There are five major food groups

    which are grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat and meat

    alternatives. A balanced diet strikes a balance amongst these five

    food groups and gives the body the right amount of nutrients that

    it needs for overall good health.

  • Eating a balanced diet is not about having one good meal. It is

    about creating healthy eating habits for a child and and

    maintaining those habits over a period of time and on into

    adulthood.

  • It is not at all an easy thing to do. Irregular eating habits

    can have small, mediocre to devastating side effects on the human

    body. The most common problem with western eating habits is that

    people eat three large meals in a day and a lot of snacks in

    between to end those hunger cravings. Now most of these snacks are

    refined processed carbohydrate foods.

  • Refined processed carbohydrates contain a high amount of

    sugars, fats and chemical preservatives used to preserve the food.

    It simple terms, it is unhealthy. This can lead to weight gain,

    obesity, diabetes type 2, and other diet related diseases appearing

    in childhood (or later as an adult). Many people fail to recognize

    the effects of these type of foods.

  • A balanced diet is essential if a child (or a person of any

    age) is to flourish physically and mentally. A lack of essential

    nutrients can lead to:

  1. failure to flourish
  2. poor growth
  3. poor development
  4. poor physical and mental health
  5. infections
  6. disease
  7. or even death.

For more information about the negative effects of an

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