Food Pyramid For Toddlers
Childhood obesity has become the issue of national debate, and one simple and preventive way of bringing halt to this epidemic is to follow the USDA recommended food pyramid for toddler nutrition. Food pyramid again becomes imperative for toddlers, as they ensure better nutrient intake in right portions. Nutrition requirements vary for adults, and toddlers, and if we diminish the nutrition in toddler’s food, it can severely impair their developmental stage, while over emphasis on food can lead to obesity and eating disorders. Let us take a look at the food pyramid exclusively sketched out for toddlers between age group of 1 to 3 years.
Toddlers food pyramid is divided into five major food groups. Recommended serving sizes for each group food groups are highlighted below. Daily recommended servings is measured in form of ounce (for grains), or cups( for milk, fruits, and vegetables). The exact dose of food servings has been indicated in food pyramid.
Grains and Cereals: Include carbohydrates, B vitamins, and source of iron
For toddlers between age group of 1 to 2 years, 1 ounce of slice whole grain bread, ½ cup cooked rice, ½ cup cooked pasta or cold cereal are the recommended dose.
Vegetables: Include nutrition of Vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium, Vitamin A, fibers
To ensure broad variety of assortments, it is strongly advised to include colorful vegetables in daily servings. A toddler’s need is accomplished by 1 cup of raw vegetables, 1 cup of cooked vegetables, ½ cup of vegetable juice, with 1 cup of medium potato, and half cup of carrots.
Fruits: Include Vitamin C, fibers, Vitamin B
Bright and dark colored fruits are must for early growing age. 1 cup of fresh fruit, ½ cup of fruit juice, and half cup of dried fruits are basic needs for toddlers.
Milk and Dairy Products: Include riboflavin, calcium, and protein
2 cups of milk, 1 cup of curd, ½ cup of cottage cheese are must haves for toddlers.
Meat and Fish: Include proteins, iron, and zinc
A toddler will not require more than 2 ounces of meat products on daily basis.
To ensure better health and nutrition for your toddlers, comply and adhere to this food pyramid.
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