This provides a very simple guide to what makes up a balanced diet, particularly for children:
1. Large quantities of starchy carbohydratesÂ such as rice, pasta, wholemeal bread and potatoes to give long lasting energy.Â Whole grains are broken down more slowly and so provide a steady release of energy, rather than the energy â€œrushâ€ your child may get after eating refined flours eg. White bread, followed by the grumpy â€œcomedown periodâ€.
2. Large quantities of fruit and vegetables which provide many of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to develop properly and function as well as possible.
3. Some calcium rich foods such as dairy products.Â If your child is intolerant to dairy products, it is essential that he/she gets adequate calcium from other foods.Â Consult your doctor.
4. Some protein such as meat, fish, eggs, nuts, beans and pulses.
5. Very littleÂ fats, oils, cakes, and sweets.