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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.

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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