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Pediatricians Encourage Whole Diet Approach To Child Nutrition

American Academy of Pediatrics has released a list of new dietary guidelines for children just om time for the new school year.

This leading U.S. pediatricians group urges parents, teachers and school officials to adapt a more practical, commonsense approach toward child nutrition and help improve children’s diets and health, both in school and at home.

“Parents should look for every opportunity to make small, simple improvements in the nutritional value of the foods and drinks they provide children, in school and out,” said Dr. Robert Murray, one of the statement’s lead authors and a professor of nutrition at The Ohio State University.

Dietary recommendations include:

1.Choose a mix of foods from the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lower-fat dairy products and quality proteins, such as lean meats, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds.

2.Provide a wide variety of different foods from each food group throughout the week.

3.Offer foods in their most-natural, least-processed state as the family budget will allow.

4.Use small amounts of sugar, fat and salt to increase the amount of healthy nutrient-rich foods and drinks that kids will eat. Good examples include flavored milks or sweetened whole-grain breakfast cereals.

5.Serve appropriate-sized portions for a child’s age.

Read more for additional recommendations on improving your child’s nutrition.

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