Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents

Feeding your children a healthy diet is a challenge that parents have to face on a daily basis.

The Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council has come up with the list of key nutritional guidelines that should make this task a little easier.

We have listed below the key points from the study -

(1) Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods

(2) Encourage children and adolescents to:

• Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits
• Eat plenty of cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), preferably wholegrain
• Include lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives in their diet
• Include milks, yoghurts, cheese and/or alternatives – Keep in mind that reduced-fat milks are not suitable for young children under 2 years, because of their high energy needs. However, reduced-fat varieties should be encouraged for older children and adolescents.
• Choose water as a drink where possible.

(3) Care should be taken to:

• Limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake. Low-fat diets are not suitable for infants
• Choose foods low in salt
• Include only moderate amounts of sugars and foods containing added sugars

(4) Care for your child’s food: prepare and store it safely

Information supplied by The Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council

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