BalancedDiet

constituents of a balanced diet

People with special Dietary requirements should follow this link http://kidshealth.org/teen/recipes/

Starting at the bottom we see that with everything we should drink plenty of water. All our cells need water to carry out their functions, it is useless to eat the correct foods if we do not maintain suffienct volumes of water in our bodies.

6+ Of starchy foods, every day. Examples of these foods include Breads, Rice, Potatoes, Cereals and pasta. These foods are high in energy, but they release this energy far slower than sugar rich foods do and so do not make you burn it all in one go (go hyper) but slowly overtime, so you do not feel exhausted all of a sudden.

5 + Fruit and Veg, these foods provide us with all the Vitamins and Minerals that we need for healthy development.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Whatcounts.aspx

3 + Dairy products, this will provide you with proteins and calcium so that your growth potential will be realised

2 + Meats / Protein rich foods. Protein is required to build muscles and other cells. As we get older we still need protein to repair damage to tissue in the body

< 1 a day treats This is the sugar and fatty foods that we would be better off without having too much of. The effects of overeating in this section include heart disease, poor blood circulation, high blood pressure, all of which shortens your life span and decreases the quality of life.

the hidden sugar in foods can be found here

http://www.desicolours.com/how-to-know-the-hidden-sugar-in-your-food/08/06/2010

an excellent worksheet to print out on this

http://www.censusatschool.ie/images/curriculum_resources/science/foodpyramid-worksheet.pdf

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