At the early growth stages the
following are the most important
Protein, carbs and good fats are also key
to healthy growth.
This mineral may even be more
important than calcium because it is a
catalyst for calcium absorption and
balance as well as for enzyme activity.
It also regulates blood pressure and
children with lower amounts are often
It helps to break down carbs in the
body too and provides balance to the
child’s overall health.
Calcium is important to the growth of
strong bones, teeth, hair and nails.
It is also important for the growth of
healthy muscles and nerves.
Calcium also helps blood to clot
Supports muscle growth, healthy cell
production and a healthy heart.
Many children do not get the necessary
amounts of potassium
Lack of potassium will cause low blood
cramps, fatigue, irritability and long
term lack may lead to stroke, heart
disease and kidney stones.
Iron is essential to healthy blood cells
and this is important to the immune
system, the muscles, the GI system
and the entire human body.
Imagine Oxygen deprived cells and
you will have an iron deficiency.
How many of you have regular family
meals or had them as you were
What is the importance of this to your
overall view of food and nutrition?
Is conversation important? Does it
affect how you view nutrition?
Are growth spurts real?
Yes, they are. As children near a
growth spurt, you may notice an
increase in appetite and activity level.
Once they have that spurt, the appetite
and activity level even out again.
During these spurts, energy demands
increase, which is why children eat
more. Some actually become less
active before the growth spurt, but this
evens out after the growth.
Does the media play that much of a
role in junk food consumption?
Let’s look at some of the ads that sell
to children and see what happens…