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Nourishing Your Child: the essential nutrients needed for children's growth and development

As parents we only want what is best for our children but often it is difficult to know what this is….especially when it comes to food. Did you know that many children in developed countries, like ours, are actually undernourished despite food being plentiful? The food industry has changed dramatically over the last 50 years and along with the increased need for convenience, many children are now eating foods that are low in essential nutrients and full of synthetic, laboratory created ingredients. Let’s take a look at the essential nutrients that our children need for normal physical and mental growth and development.

"Getting the balance right and optimising early life nutrition is critical for long term health” Tabitha McIntosh

The macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein & fats

Every child needs a range of good quality carbohydrates, #protein and #fats. Carbohydrates provide energy whilst proteins are the building blocks for physical growth. Good quality fats are essential for brain and neuro development.

Kids' diets are often high in simple carbohydrates, like sugar, white bread, pastries, cakes and biscuits. Whilst these foods do provide #energy, it is often only for a short period followed by a longer low-energy slump. These foods often also lack other nutrients. It is much better to provide more nutrient-dense foods, offering