A balanced diet must contain sufficient amount of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fibre in the required amounts*,1. Each of these nutrients has a vital role in the all-round growth and development of children1,2.
Provides a source of energy. In a child’s active life style, carbohydrates are a vital source of energy to keep them active 1-3 .
Required for growth and repair. In years of rapid growth, children need proteins in adequate amounts for optimal growth 1,3 .
It is a source of energy and are required for absorption of fat soluble vitamins 1,4 .
Required in very small quantities to keep your child healthy 1 .
Required for healthy teeth, bones and muscles. Significant development of teeth, bones and muscles happens by 10 years of age 1 .
Helps maintain a good intestinal function. Fibre is not digestible and helps in bowel movement 5,6 .
*A balanced diet is the presence of these nutrients in the right proportions1.
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