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What are dietary guidelines for children?

Cambria L. Garell, MD
Pediatrics
A healthy, balanced diet for children should include meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients and minerals.
  • Half of your child’s plate should contain fruits and vegetables.
  • One quarter of your child's plate should contain whole grains.
  • One quarter should be foods high in protein.
By making plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks and healthy beverages (like water) easily accessible, you can help your child choose healthy foods and avoid those that are high in sugar, salt, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and saturated or trans fats.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, via health.gov includes nutritional goals for children on pages 76 and 77. Find the nutritional goals for your child by using their age-gender table.

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