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    What are the government guidelines on healthy eating and nutrition for children

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  • Chris Fonda

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    Similar to the adult guidelines. Children need sufficient nutritious foods to provide the energy and nutrients needed to develop normally. It is recommended that children enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods. This includes:

    • Plenty of vegetables, fruits and legumes
    • Plenty of cereals, preferrably wholegrain (breads, cereals, rice, pasta)
    • Include lean meat, fish or chicken or alternatives (e.g. legumes, nuts and seeds)
    • Include reduced fat milk, yoghurt and cheese (for older children only), low-fat varieties are not suitable for children under 2 years.
    • Choose water as a drink.

    Take care to limit foods high in saturated fats, salt, and  consume only moderate amounts of total fat (poly and mono-unsaturated fats), sugars and foods containing added sugars.

    For specific serves of the above food groups you may like to head to this link: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/file/publications/synopses/n30_pamphlet.pdf

    For more expert dietary advice for your children, you may like to consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who can tailor a plan specifically for your family. You can find an APD at www.daa.asn.au 

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