A child should have well balanced diet to prevent him from infections and diseases. A balanced diet has all the nutrients required by a child in correct proportions foe a healthy growth. Here is a guide on balanced diet.
What is a balanced
A diet which contains all the nutrients
e.g. energy, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals etc. required by
a child for the proper maintenance of health and optimum growth is termed
as a 'balanced diet'. Dals and beans have high contents of protein
and a small amount of fat. Bread is rich in carbohydrates but poor
What does the child
need in his diet
It is important that a child's diet
should be both good in quality as well as adequate in quantity. If his
diet is deficient in nutrients and energy, it can adversely affect his
weight gain and body growth. The child's diet should supply him with proteins,
carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in adequate
How do I provide a
Your child would receive a proper balanced diet if he eats a meal consisting of food items like: chapatis,
bread, rice, breakfast cereals, maize, potatos, dals, beans, poultry and
meats, milk, cheese etc. It is important to mix various kinds of foods
so that his requirements of nutrients would be met. It is important
for you to ensure that your child eats food in adequate quantities. Considering
a child's small appetite, it is advisable that his food should be rich
in nutritive value and that he should eat more often during the course
of the day.
What is anaemia
Deficiency of iron in young children
causes anaemia. Dark green vegetables and meats are rich in iron.
Iron is also found in chapatis, breads, eggs, dals, nuts and beans.
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