Monthly Archives: February 2012

Are Dairy Foods Important for Children?

Are dairy foods important for children?

Dairy foods are essential for a healthy diet. They contain many important nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, B vitamins and high-quality protein. The picture to the left shows some examples of dairy foods: milk, cheese, and yogurt. Improved bone … Continue reading

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What are the best protein foods for children?

The best protein foods for children

In order for children to be healthy, they need to eat the right amount and the right kind of protein foods. Seafood is one of the best sources of protein because it is usually low in fat. It also has … Continue reading

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Dietary Guidelines – “My Plate”

Children need Food Pyramid or MyPlate to be healthy!

For years, we have been taught what we should eat – less salt, sugar, and saturated fats – more vegetables, fruit, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and seafood. The “food pyramid” is very familiar to us all and made the … Continue reading

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What is a whole grain?

Children need whole grains.

We all know the importance of eating grains. But why are “whole grains” so important? Because all parts of the grain kernel are used – especially the most nutritious parts. A grain has three parts – bran, germ, endosperm. Refined … Continue reading

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Vegetables – Why we should eat non-starchy vegetables!

Vegetables-are-very-nutritious!

Non-starchy vegetables are very nutritious, and contain a much smaller amount of carbohydrates and calories. In fact, a typical serving has only 5 grams of carbohydrates! This allows us to eat more of them – i.e. 3-5 servings per day. … Continue reading

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Are Fruits Healthy?

Fruits are healthy!

Yes, fruits are an excellent part of a healthy diet. But the question really should be how many carbohydrates are in the fruit you would like to eat. A common guideline is to limit your serving of fruit to 15 … Continue reading

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