• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Food requirements during different life stages.

Extracts from this document...


Food requirements during different life stages Baby's 0 to 6 months In the first year of a baby's life they will grow more than in any other year of their life, growing in length by 50 percent and weight by 300 percent. Breast milk commonly supplies a baby with the required amounts of nutrients, fluids and energy until about 6 months of age. Breast milk is preferred to formula as it contains many protective and immunological factors not found in formulas that benefit the baby's growth and development. Solid foods should be introduced at approximately 6 months of age, but depending on cultural beliefs and/or practices may change this. Wheat based cereal should be the first solid to be introduced, to reduce the risk of allergy to wheat. Fruit and vegetables should be introduced after the cereals, these are important for vitamin and mineral content and to introduce different tastes and textures of foods. ...read more.


Adolescents Proper nutrition during the adolescent years is very important because it needs to provide plenty of energy for growth spurts and changes to the body that they will be experiencing. A good diet during this stage of life can prevent many medical problems, including becoming overweight or obese, developing weak bones and developing diabetes. This will also ensure that the adolescent will grow to their full potential. The best advise on nutrition to keep healthy as an adolescent includes eating a variety of foods, balance the food you eat with physical activity, choose a diet with lots of grain products, vegetables and fruit and choose to eat sugar and salt foods every so often rather than all the time. Pregnant women A pregnant woman should concentrate more on increasing her nutrient intake than her intake of kilojoules. In Australia pregnant women are expected to gain approximately 10kg to 15kg however this depends on the weight of the mother before birth. ...read more.


source of calcium will come from the mothers bones therefore effects on the mothers bone density may be present in later life. Menopausal women In post-menopausal women thinning of the bones is quite common, this is because of hormone related changes. Women going through these stages should increase their calcium intake or in more extreme circumstances a supplement maybe needed from a doctor. The elderly As you get older the less food you need. This is because as you get older you are not as active therefore you use do not use as much energy. But elderly people need lots of nutrients to keep their body as healthy as possible while they are going through changes such as metabolism, chronic disease, social conditions, and medication or medicine intake. The most common reasons for the elderly having poor diets are food is no longer enjoyable because of deteriorating taste and smell, dentures make it difficult to chew some foods, loneliness and depression in elderly cause of loss of appetite. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Food Technology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Food Technology essays

  1. Explain the need for nutrition by living organisms.

    This process produces amino acids that are deficient in diet. During plasma protein production-albumen, globulin and gamma globulin, which are present in the blood and produced by lymphocytes and other immune cells, play vital role in homeostasis. These proteins carry certain substances while responding to immune stressors.

  2. heal and social unit 2

    He misses the evening meal. Mr David needs to have balanced diet. Having a balanced diet is not as hard as stopping to smoke. His family need to make sure Mr David has a good diet. They need to persuade him to eat regularly and eat the recommended amount.

  1. Free essay

    Basic hygiene practices for food preparation and cooking

    When storing food in a fridge: > Don't allow the juice from the raw meat, fish and poultry to spill or drip onto any other foods. > Put fruit and vegetable's items into the salad drawer > Keep milk and fruit juices on the bottom rack in the door >

  2. Free essay

    An Investigation into Convenience Foods

    5th test Price comparison Home prepared meal Tesco cheese and tomato (Ready Made) Total =�2.99 150 g self-rising flour = �0.95 25g margarine =�0.35 50ml milk =�0.50 25g tomato pur�e =�0.45 50g cheese =�0.65 1 onion =�0.10 Practical no 4 BRIEF For this practical I wanted to compare the home

  1. We are encouraged to consume 4-6 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Investigate ...

    and copy every thing that they do. I asked Lindsey what she thought of what she thought of this idea. She said "This type of encouragement would only work for certain types of people, but not me." According to this, this may not be the best idea but it may help slightly.

  2. Globalisation and regulation of food risks. A theoretical overview.

    Although not all theorists have explicitly paid attention to the regulating of food, I will nevertheless attempt to link all different general theoretical views with the specific consequences for the regulation of food. Based on the classification by Held et al.

  1. Food Technology - Product for a young child.

    Sainsburys Thin + Crispy, Ham + Pineapple Pizza 305g �2.59 Box 932. 50kj 8. 80g 85p Sainsburys Quiche Lorraine 180g �1.09 Box 1250.60kj 20. 20g 61p Sainsburys Chicken Nuggets 425g �1.99 Bag-Plastic 47p Heinz Spaghetti in tomato sauce with Sausages 400g �.87 Can 347kj 2.6g 22p Birds eye 4 chicken

  2. A healthy diet when Pregnant.

    It is also good for the developing baby. Walking or swimming are ideal because they can be continued whilst you are pregnant and wont do any harm to your baby. Before Pregnancy. Eating well before you get pregnant can increase the likely hood of a trouble free pregnancy and helps give your baby a healthy start in life.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work