NUTRITION FACTS FOR KIDS: THE BREAKDOWN
Helping your child understand how nutrition facts work plays an important role in reinforcing healthy eating habits. Here’s a quick, kid-friendly look at some of the key parts of the nutrition facts panel. Nutrient. Why It’s Important Recommended Daily Amount 12 to 3 Years 4 to 8 Years 9 to 13 Years Calories are units of energy your child’s body needs to function properly.1,000 to 1,4001,200 to 1,800 (girls)1,400 to 2,000 (boys)1,600 to 2,200 (girls)1,800 to 2,600 (boys) Protein helps your child’s body build cells, break down food into energy, fight infection, and carry oxygen.5 to 20% of daily calories 10 to 30% of daily calories 10 to 30% of daily calories total Fats are a great source of energy for kids and are easily stored the body. They’re also important in helping the body to properly use some of the other nutrients it needs.30 to 40% of daily calories 25 to 35% of daily calories 25 to 35% of daily calories and Carbohydrate are the body’s most important source of energy. They help your child’s body use fat and protein for building and repairing tissue.45 to 65% of daily calories 45 to 65% of daily calories 45 to 65% of daily calories. Fiber helps promote bowel regularity in children. It can also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer later in life.19 grams 25 grams 26 grams (girls)31 grams (boys). Calcium is essential in helping to build your child’s healthy teeth and cones. It’s also important for blood clotting and for nerve, muscle, and heart function.