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What is a good nutrient balance for a toddler?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
You don't need to calculate nutritionals at every meal, try to think about overall nutritional balance. A good ballpark figure is for kids to have about 20 percent to 25 percent of a day's calories from protein (important for muscle building), 20 percent to 25 percent from healthy fat, and 50 percent to 60 percent from healthy carbs: whole-grain starches, fruits, and veggies.

Another note about nutrients: Children need 800 milligrams of calcium, and toddlers, 500 to 600 milligrams daily. Since 60 percent of bone mass is accumulated by puberty, around age thirteen, you want to make sure that kids get enough early on to build a strong skeletal foundation.
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