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Fatty and sugary foods

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Fatty and sugary foods This group includes spreading fats (such as butter), cooking oils, sugar, biscuits, cakes, crisps, sweets, chocolate, cream and ice-cream and sugary drinks. These foods shouldn't be eaten too often; when they are, they should only be consumed in small amounts. They're loaded in calories, fat and sugar, but don't contain many vitamins and minerals. In addition, sugary foods and drinks (including fruit juice) can significantly contribute to dental decay. Try to limit the amount of sugar and sweets eaten. If they are eaten, offer them at the end of a meal rather than in between. Some sugar-free or diet drinks can also cause decay because of their acidity. ...read more.

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The link between diet and health has long been established, and the behaviour of our children during the crucial years of development set a pattern for a future of ill health if measures are't in place to counteract these problems. Issues of particular concern include: Energy A healthy growing child needs lots of energy, which must be supplied by the diet. Over the years, energy intakes have declined in children. However, as activity levels have also fallen, this isn't thought to be a problem. In fact, there are an increasing number of children who are overweight or obese. Encourage your child to be as active as possible and make sure their diet supplies enough energy through frequent meals and snacks based on the main food groups. ...read more.

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Calcium The mineral calcium is important for healthy bone development. Good sources include dairy products - milk, cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais - fortified orange juice, green leafy vegetables, cereals, sesame seeds and tofu. Your child should ideally have one pint (500 to 600 ml) of semi-skimmed (or skimmed if the diet has sufficient energy) milk per day. Folate Folate is important for growth, but intakes appear to be quite low in some children, especially those that skip breakfast - fortified breakfast cereal are a good source of this important vitamin. Other sources include breads, green leafy vegetables and pulses. Foods to choose Regular meals and snacks are important, as is variety; burgers and chips can be fine occasionally, but not for every meal! Make sure your child has a variety of foods based on the main food groups: ...read more.

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