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A Balanced Diet for Your Child

A Balanced Diet for Your Child

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Your child’s nutritional needs should be varied in a balanced baby diet that provides energy and support your child’s rapid growth.

19/10/2015 - 16:19

Your child’s nutritional needs should be varied in a balanced baby diet that provides energy and support your child’s rapid growth. As your child begins to be more active around the house, they will need a wide base of nutrients, from their first solid foods to support their daily activities.

For carbohydrates that will provide your child energy, you can introduce food such as bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods. You can also serve infant cereal, which is made to suit your child’s digestion needs. Another food group that you should consider in your child’s diet is the fruit and vegetables group. They are high nutrient foods that provide vitamins and minerals that are important for your child’s growth. This includes iron, zinc and a host of vitamins.

The next in a balanced diet for your child is the dairy group, made of food items such as milk, and yogurt. These food items provide calcium for your child. As for protein, you will find it in food such as meat, fish, eggs and nuts.

Occasionally, you can provide some snacks such as cake or biscuits as a treat for your child. High intakes of key nutrients such as iron are important to support optimum growth and development. Without it, your child may be at risk of iron deficiency anaemia. Iron can be found in vegetables such as spinach, as well as fortified infant cereal.

CERELAC® Infant Cereal provides essential nutrients and vitamins such as iron, vitamin A and vitamin C. The Multi Grain & Garden Vegetables variant is especially suitable for toddlers 12 months and above in a balanced diet. It contains actual pieces of vegetables as well as whole grain, for a delicious option in your child’s diet.

CERELAC® Infant Cereals contain at least 50% of your child’s daily required iron values*.1,2,3 While your child’s overall diet should contain different food groups, you can explore new tastes and textures from recipes of solid foods in your child’s normal diet. For example, try mixing your child’s infant cereal with fruits, or add in some fish or chicken for a little flavour. Remember, a varied diet at this stage will lead to a more accepting taste palate in the future. For more delicious and nutritious meals for your child, visit our Recipes section.

*RNI recommends at least 9mg / day for 6 – 11 months child. 50g of CERELAC® contains 5mg of iron.

References
1. FAO/WHO RNIs 12-36 months
2. FAO/WHO Vitamin and Mineral Requirements in Human Nutrition-Report of a Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation Second edition. WHO/FAO. 2004
3. Guidelines on Formulated Supplementary Foods for Older Infants and Young Children (CAC/GL08-1991) [update in process in 2013], in the absence of references values I the related standard for processed cereal-based foods for infants and children.

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