Child Growth & Development


You already know that a growing kid needs a balanced diet full of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. But what are some of the key nutrients kids need, and where can you find them? Don’t panic — it’s not as complicated as you might think. With a little preparation, you’ll know just what to do to help promote healthy child growth and development.Wondering where to start? Check out this guide and learn about some of the nutrients essential to your child’s growth and development.NutrientWhy It’s ImportantGood SourcesProteinThe body uses protein to build healthy muscle and tissue.Lean meats, eggs, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, and cheeseCarbohydrateCarbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy.Starches, fruits, vegetables, and dairy productsFatThe 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 fatty fishCalciumCalcium 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.Yogurt, milk, lowfat cheese, tofu, cottage cheese, and pink salmonFiberFiber is a natural part of plant foods, and it helps keep the body’s system clean and running smoothly.Fruits with peel, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), potatoes with skin, brown rice, whole-grain pasta, whole-wheat bread, and fiber-containing breakfast cereals


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