Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents

Summary information

Publishing date: 
1995
Status: 
Rescinded
Reference number: 
N1
Available in print: 
No - PDF only
Further information: 

The Dietary guidelines for children and adolescents comprises a set of scientific background papers for each guideline. The background papers provide the rationale for the guidelines and discuss issues of relevance to infants, children and adolescents. It is an invaluable reference for all those working in the area of child health.

Synopsis

The Dietary guidelines for children and adolescents comprises a set of scientific background papers for each guideline. The background papers provide the rationale for the guidelines and discuss issues of relevance to infants, children and adolescents. It is an invaluable reference for all those working in the area of child health.

  1. Encourage and support breastfeeding.
  2. Children need appropriate food and physical activity for normal growth and development.
    Growth should be checked regularly.
  3. Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods.
  4. Eat plenty of breads and cereals, vegetables (including legumes) and fruits.
  5. Low fat diets are not suitable for young children. For older children, a diet low in fat and in particular, low in saturated fat, is appropriate.
  6. Encourage water as a drink. Alcohol is not recommended for children
  7. Eat only a moderate amount of sugars and foods containing added sugars.
  8. Choose low salt foods.
  9. Eat foods containing calcium.
  10. Eat foods containing iron.
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