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Nutrition for Children

Proper nutrition in childhood can reinforce lifelong eating habits that contribute to your children's overall well being and help them to grow up to their full potential and a healthy life.
  1. Childhood Obesity
  2. Food Allergies
  3. Eating Habits for Healthy Kids (16)
  4. Expert Nutrition Q & A (35)
  5. Baby Food (16)
  6. Breastfeeding (95)
  7. Baby Formula (26)
  8. Boosting Calories (6)
  9. Starting Solid Foods (17)
  10. Cholesterol and Children (13)
  11. Picky Eaters (12)
  12. Calcium (13)
  13. Calories (7)
  14. Drinks and Calories from Drinks (5)
  15. Fast Food (14)
  16. Fiber and High Fiber Foods (3)
  17. Food Pyramid (9)
  18. Fruits (4)
  19. Junk Food (10)
  20. Milk (18)
  21. Recipes (17)
  22. Vegetables (6)
  23. Vitamins and Supplements (21)
  24. Water (6)
  25. Nutrients in Whole Foods (10)
  26. Nutrition Facts (13)
  27. Nutrition Quiz (5)

Understanding Child Nutrition
Taking some time to understand the basics of child nutrition, from newborns to teens, can help you avoid common mistakes, make healthy choices, and teach your kids healthy eating habits.

Best Foods for Kids
Although you don't want to get in the habit of forcing your kids to eat foods they don't like or make them "clean" their plates, there are lots of healthy foods kids like. Parents often overlook these healthy foods and go straight to what they think are more "kid-friendly foods," such as hot dogs, pizza, french fries, chicken nuggets, juice and...

Parents Respond - Getting Kids to Eat Healthy
Most nutrition experts recommend against forcing kids to eat foods they don't like or making them "clean" their plates. So how do you get them to eat more vegetables, fruits, and other healthy foods? How do you avoid power struggles and mealtime battles in your home? How do you get your kids to eat healthy foods?

Food Groups
The food pyramid has long encouraged kids to eat foods from each of the food groups each day, but that only works if you and your kids understand what the food groups actually are. Learn about the five food groups, what nutrients your child can get from each, and what the MyPlate campaign says about food groups.

Reading Food Labels
Learn how to read food labels so that you can choose foods that will provide your family with a nutritious and balanced diet.

Printable Food Diary
A food diary can be a great way to keep track of the calories your kids are eating, especially if they are overweight, and to make sure that they are getting enough fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and minerals, etc., from all of the different food groups.

Groceries
As you learn about healthy food and avoiding junk food, you can really put those lessons to work at the grocery store when you buy groceries. Learn how to make a healthy grocery list for your family and which groceries you might want to keep out of your shopping cart.

CHILD-1 Diet and Nutrition Recommendations
The CHILD-1 diet and nutrition recommendations to limit added sugar and high-fat foods and eat more high-fiber foods can help kids who are overweight, have high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, but are also a good idea for other kids to help stay healthy and avoid all of those problems.

Child Nutrition By The Book
These 'Child Nutrition By The Book' guidelines can help you to make healthy choices when planning your family's diet.

Eating with a Spoon and Fork
A photo of a toddler feeding himself with a spoon, a milestone most children reach between 13 and 21 months, although they may still be messy.

Probiotics for Kids
Probiotics seem like they are the next "new thing" in infant and child nutrition. Should you give your child probiotics as a supplement, from yogurt, or infant formula?

Diet and Constipation
Review common causes of constipation and how you can prevent and treat your child's constipation with simple changes to your child's diet.

2005 Dietary Guidelines
Review the new Dietary Guidelines to help people make better food choices and live healthier lives.

Dietary Guidelines and the ABC's of Nutrition
These Dietary Guidelines from the USDA offer sound advice that will help to promote your health and reduce your risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis.

Sugar Free Juice

Food Coloring
Food coloring and food dyes have been used throughout history, although until recently, most food coloring was natural and didn't include the artificial food dyes that are commonly used today. It is this artificial food coloring that is causing some controversy now, being blamed for causing ADHD and other behavior problems. Learn if you should...

Eggs and Child Nutrition
I am worried about my kids also getting high cholesterol. Should I let them eat eggs? How many eggs can my kids eat each week?

Drink This - Calories in Drinks for Kids
When you hand your kids a glass of milk and say 'drink this,' do they turn their head and look for a soft drink or glass of chocolate milk? Learn why extra calories in drinks can contribute to childhood obesity problems and healthier drinks you should be offering your kids.

Iron Rich Foods

Fruit Juice - How Much Juice Is Too Much?

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