Nutrition for Teenagers

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Nutrition for Teenagers
Nutrition for young people is important to the way their bodies are  shaped for the rest of their lives. 

Teenage diets should maintain growth, encourage health and be  satisfying. In addition during the teenage years a number of mental  and physical changes happen to the body. 

These incorporate a noticeable acceleration in height, and extensive  gains in bone and muscle. These changes affect nutritional  requirements. 

For good heatlh the following nutrients should be contained in your  diet. We all need different nutrients in different amounts to suit  your personal needs. 

These include, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids (fats and oils),  vitamins and mineral salts, water and dietary fibre. 

In teenagers today Iron deficiency is increasing rapidly, teenage  girls need iron especially because their iron stores are depleted each  month during menstruation. Also teenagers often have hectic lifestyles  and poor dietary choices, which can result in anaemia or 


Iron can be found in red meat and non-meat sources. 

Teenagers also need to watch their calcium supply because although it  may not show they are putting serious implications on their body for  the future with reverence to bone health. 

Without calcium you can develop osteoporosis, which causes bones to  become brittle and break easily. 

Calcium plentiful foods should be consumed on a daily basis. You can  find rich sources of calcium in milk and other dairy products except  butter. 

Teenagers also need: 

q Ample amounts of fruit and vegetables- at least 5 portions a day. 

q Plenty of starch and carbohydrates-rice, bread, breakfast cereals,  pasta, cous-cous, chapattis and potatoes. 

q Large amounts of dairy produce, like milk, fromage frais, yoghurt,  and pasteurised cheese. 

q Adequate amounts of proteins like, meat, fish, well-cooked eggs,  pulses and beans. 

q Decreased amounts of fatty and sugary foods. 

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