Nutrition for kids is based on the same principles as nutrition for adults. Everyone needs the same types of nutrients — such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. What’s different about nutrition for kids, however, is the amount of specific nutrients needed at different ages.
So what’s the best formula to fuel your child’s growth and development?
- Dietary guidelines for Americans, 2005. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Accessed March 27, 2009.
- Dietary reference intakes (DRIs): Recommended intakes for individuals, vitamins. Institute of Medicine. Accessed March 27, 2009.
* Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER).
If you have questions about nutrition for kids or specific concerns about your child’s diet, talk to your child’s doctor or a registered dietitian.