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It is in a he althy and balanced diet that your child draws what he needs to grow, develop and be active. What vitamins and minerals should you pay special attention to?
Is your child getting enough energy from their food? Extenso answers your questions.
1. Energy to spare
The amount of energy your child needs varies depending on age, height, physical activity level, growth rate…and appetite! Endowed with an astonishing ability to control his energy intake according to what his body requires, your child knows how to determine the quantity of food that corresponds to his needs.
Listen to him! Offer him quality food and let him choose the quantity!
2. No low fat diet
Leave fat phobia to adults. For active little ones, fat is a concentrated source of energy.
They are also necessary for the development of your child's brain and hormonal system.
Give her wholemilk (3.25% m.f.) until she is 2 years old. Nutritious foods that are higher in fat, such as peanut butter and cheese, can also help children with ravenous appetites meet their energy and critical nutrient needs for growth and development..
3. More fibre
The preschool years are important for the lasting acquisition of good eating habits. Gradually introduce fiber into your child's diet from the age of 2.
4. Calcium and vitamin D for strong bones
During childhood and adolescence, your child's bones are growing and getting stronger. To carry out this task, calcium and vitamin D, present for example in milk, are essential allies that should not be neglected.
5. What about iron?
Childhood is an important learning period. Inadequate iron intake can decrease your child's motivation to learn, as well as their overall attention and intellectual performance.
Make sure he eats foods from the meat and alternatives group every day.
6. Long live the water
Encourage your child to drink water to quench their thirst. In hot weather or during different activities, water can replace the fluids lost in the form of sweat and thus prevent dehydration.