By Gerald Wiseman
Content material: power -- weight problems and weight keep an eye on -- being pregnant and lactation -- Infancy (0-1 yr of age) -- children (1-6 years) -- teens (10-20 years) -- ageing -- sickness -- Anorexia nervosa and bulimia -- Vegetarianism and veganism -- vitamin choice -- easy methods to interpret foodstuff labels -- nutrients ingredients -- nutrients hypersensitive reaction and foodstuff intolerance -- nutrients toxicity -- averting food-borne sickness -- workout -- Protein -- Carbohydrate -- fats -- Alcohol -- Water -- nutritional fibre -- drinks -- ldl cholesterol -- supplements: basic -- nutrition A -- nutrition B[subscript 1] -- diet B[subscript 2] -- diet B[subscript 6] -- diet B[subscript 12] -- nutrition C -- diet D -- nutrition E -- diet ok -- Folate -- Niacin -- Pantothenic acid and biotin -- Calcium, osteoporosis and phosphate -- Iron -- Sodium, potassium and chloride -- Iodine -- Fluoride -- Selenium -- Zinc -- Copper, molybdenum -- Magnesium -- Aluminium, cadmium, cobalt, germanium, manganese, nickel, silicon, strontium, sulphur and tin
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A healthy normally-growing and developing child is getting a sound diet whatever an adult may think of it. Breakfast cereals are usually well-liked by young children and with milk they provide a good start to the day; they also make a nutritious snack at any time. The best are well-fortified with vitamins and iron, have a medium fibre content (about 6–9 g fibre/100 g cereal) and do not have a high sugar content. The ingredients should be well-displayed on the ingredients label and the various makes can be compared for their nutritive values.
This is accompanied by the changes needed for development of sexual maturity. The accumulation of body fat seems to be critical for girls and if this is less than about 22 per cent when the weight reaches about 46 kg there is likely to be delay in the onset of menstruation (menarche). The rapid increase in height and weight lasts 3–4 years and is followed by a period of slower growth. The general body changes are usually over by about 20 years of age but bones go on getting heavier for another 3–4 years provided nutrition is good and there is regular exercise, especially lifting and carrying.
Up to two years of age drinks of full-fat milk, which may be flavoured, should be used; from 2–5 years semi-skimmed milk may be used. Skimmed milk is not suitable for children under five years old. A few children are allergic to nuts and must not be given foods containg even very small amounts of nuts as an acute allergic reaction to nuts can be fatal. Children under the age of three years should not be given foods containing peanuts if there are family members who suffer from hay fever, asthma, eczema or food allergy.