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What is healthy eating?

A balanced diet contains adequate amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and low-fat protein foods necessary for optimal health.
So what is healthy eating, and what are the benefits? Children need the right balance and amounts of different foods and beverages each day for optimal health and normal growth and development. Children should eat appropriate serves from the five food groups. And they are vegetables, fruit, grain or cereal foods, dairy, that is milk, yoghurt, cheese, or alternatives, lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds. There are many benefits of healthy eating for children. It helps to prevent unhealthy weight gain. A balanced eating pattern will provide essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for growth and development, bone health, and brain development. Eating a healthy breakfast has been shown to maintain concentration levels.
Healthy eating can also reduce the risk of tooth decay. Eating plenty of fibre and drinking water can help to prevent constipation. A balanced eating plan which contains good amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat protein foods can also help to promote sleep. And in the long term, the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes is reduced.

Healthy eating involves consuming adequate amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and low-fat protein foods for optimal health and development.

Benefits of healthy eating for children include:

  • Weight gain prevention
  • Adequate intake of nutrients, vitamins and minerals for growth and development, bone health and brain development
  • Improved concentration levels
  • Reduced risk of tooth decay
  • Prevention of constipation
  • Reduced risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends that to meet nutrient requirements essential for optimal health and normal growth and development, children should eat a variety of foods from the Five Food Groups daily.

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