Toddler Feeding Guide

Toddlers need nutritious and healthy food for their growing bodies. They are constantly on the move and feeding toddlers can be a task. The below chart will give you an idea on your toddler’s nutritional requirement and you can design his feeding plan easily.

Dairy Products-Calcium

  • SOURCE Milk and milk products such as yoghurt, cheese, butter,
  • BENEFITS Calcium which is highly beneficial for bones and teeth
  • DAILY REQUIREMENT About 700 milligrams of calcium-One cup equals: 1 cup of milk or yogurt, 1½ ounces of natural cheese, or 2 ounces of processed cheese.
  • DEFICIENCY Deficiency can cause feeble bones and week teeth

Carbohydrates-Starchy Foods

  • SOURCE Cereals, pasta, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, plantains, rice
  • BENEFITS Proper growth and development of the toddler
  • DAILY REQUIREMENT Carbohdrates should constitute about 40-60 percent of the total food given to the toddler
  • DEFICIENCY Growth retardation, keto acidosis-a condition where ph imbalance in the body occurs

Iron

  • SOURCE Fruits and green leafy vegetables, nuts (cashew, hazelnut, pine, almond, etc), whole grains and fortified cereals
  • BENEFITS Proper growth and development of the toddler
  • DAILY REQUIREMENT About 7 milligrams
  • DEFICIENCY Anemia and some serious behavioral and learning problems

Proteins

  • SOURCE Eggs, beans, meat, peanut butter, tofu and pulses
  • BENEFITS They are the building blocks of living organisms and are required for antibodies formation, functioning of enzymes, for nails, for hair, production of hormones, teeth, hemoglobin, etc. Proteins are actually the basic unit of our body cells.
  • DAILY REQUIREMENT 16 grams
  • DEFICIENCY Deficiency can cause rickets and osteomalcia

Vitamin A

  • SOURCE Avocado, spinach, carrots, orange fruits and vegetables, papaya, kiwi fruits, eggs, milk, and spice paparika
  • BENEFITS Needed for adequate development and maintenance of glowing healthy skin, mucus membrane and nails
  • DAILY REQUIREMENT Full cream milk is rich in vitamin A, so give your toddler atleast 350 ml of milk per day.
  • DEFICIENCY Weak eyesight, weak immunity

Vitamin C

  • SOURCE Citrus fruits such as banana, avocados, turnip greens, kale, parsley, sprouted alfalfa seeds, broccoli, tomatoes, lemons, orange peel, strawberries, cherries, black currant and cabbage
  • BENEFITS This antioxidant and water soluble vitamin is very important for collagen formation, bone formation, muscle development, cartilage formation and blood vessels, Vitamin C aids iron absorption and helps you fight colds
  • DAILY REQUIREMENT 30 milligrams
  • DEFICIENCY Scurvy

Vitamin D

  • SOURCE Sunlight
  • BENEFITS Vitamin D-the sunlight vitamin accelerates the absorption of calcium.
  • DAILY REQUIREMENT About 600 IU of vitamin D
  • DEFICIENCY Weak Bones

Folate

  • SOURCE Lentils, braised beef liver, chickpeas, asparagus, spinach, black beans, bananas, melons, peas, wheat germ, fortified white bread
  • BENEFITS Folate helps the formation of blood cells and promotes the formation of genetic material, Folate is also needed for lowering the level of hemocysteine and enhances the metabolism of proteins
  • DAILY REQUIREMENT 50-70 micrograms
  • DEFICIENCY Congetinal birth defects, anaemia

Zinc

  • SOURCE Wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, seafood, meats, organ meats, oysters, sunflower seeds, herring and eggs
  • BENEFITS It is important for growth, functioning of immune system, sexual development and reproduction.
  • DAILY REQUIREMENT 3-5 mg
  • DEFICIENCY Diarrhea, acne, and defects in eyesight and memory

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