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Different Dietary Needs at Different Life Stages

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Different Dietary Needs at Different Life Stages P2, M1 Pregnancy When a woman is pregnant it is important that they eat foods that are healthy and try to keep a balanced diet for the health and development of the fetus. They should try to gain twice as much nutrition, but this doesn't mean twice as much food. To gain as much nutrition woman need to eat foods that are high in vitamins and minerals such as fruit and vegetables. During pregnancy woman are suppose to have a greater intake of calorie which through will reach to 250 calories per day. Protein is needed from foods such as meat, poultry and fish to maintain the tissue in the baby and mother. Being pregnant takes more energy than usual and foods that contain carbohydrates gives the mother and fetus all the energy they need, so a greater increase in carbohydrates is also good for the development for both mother and baby and foods such as bread, pasta, potatoes, cereals, fruit and vegetables will help to maintain a high level of energy and avoid complication throughout the pregnancy. Fat is also needed in the mother's diet to ensure the baby's nervous system develops properly and it's the acids that fats contain which help the growth and development; the mother can gain these by eating foods such as oily fish. ...read more.


old and to wean them on baby rice still mixed with formula or breast milk and to buy baby rice that is enriched with iron because of the lack of iron and copper they have stored in their first 6 months. As time goes on it is important that the foods become more and more thicker and the mother tries other healthy foods with lots of nutrition such as fruits and vegetables, but at the same time getting them used to using equipment like spoons. It is important to make sure that the baby's intake of calcium is kept high to help with their growth and development and so their bones and teeth are strong. 4-10 Years Childhood At this life stage children are more active and need a high amount of vitamins and minerals because these are a good source of energy. There is a big growth spurt at this life stage and a child's calcium intake is important to keep their teeth and bones strong, so one glass of whole milk is advised per day. The high nutritional needs that children have can come from foods such as meat, fish, eggs, pasta, rice, fruit and vegetables. While through this life stage milk teeth are falling out and adult teeth are coming through, parents are advised to keep the amount of sweets and sugary drinks to a minimum, so that their adult teeth have time to mature. ...read more.


This is because many health conditions occur later on in this life stage such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity etc. These conditions can b avoided by individuals not eating too much of one food group and keeping exercise levels to a reasonable amount each week. The consumption of alcohol each week also needs to be kept at a low as this contains too many calories. The intake of calcium is also important for strengthening of bones and teeth. 65+ Years Later Adulthood As we age are needs for calcium increase, this is because our bones become brittle. The calcium supply we needs can come from milk based foods and full fat milk. Fats and sugars need to me limited because these would leave an elderly person with access fat which they find hard to burn off, as their mobility to move around becomes less and less. Iron is an essential to maintain healthy blood at this life stage and can b found in meats, egg yolks and raisons. It is also important to have a good intake of zinc because we become fragile as we got to this life stage and are prone to damage skin easily, zinc helps individuals to heal and can be found meats. Exercise and movement at this life stage is advised as weight is gained very easily. Appetites are not to good at this age but a well balanced diet and equal amounts of food from the food groups will help to maintain a healthy diet. ...read more.

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