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Children's Food Guide Pyramid

Why is better to eat several smaller portions of a food group over a day rather than one larger portion? Humans need a wide variety of nutrients in their diet. Carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, minerals and vitamins are all necessary for health. No single food contains all the nutrients required for human health. So we need to eat a variety of foods. Spreading the food out over the day allows for more efficient digestion. Eating a balanced diet at each meal also insures that the necessary vitamins and other nutrients are available each time food is assimilated and used. Vitamins cannot be stored long term in the body so eating foods rich in vitamins regularly is very important.

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1How do the number of servings on the Food Guide Pyramid for Children compare to the number of servings on the Adult Food Guide Pyramid?
A)the number of servings are less on the Food Guide Pyramid for Children
B)the number of servings are more on the Food Guide Pyramid for Children
C)the number of servings are the same on both
D)the number of servings are more on the Adult Food Guide Pyramid



2What two factors influence a growing child’s energy and nutrient needs?
A)age and weight
B)age and gender
C)weight and gender
D)weight and poverty status



3What happens to serving sizes as children grow older?
A)serving sizes get smaller for fats and sweets
B)serving sizes do not change
C)serving sizes get smaller
D)serving sizes get larger



4According to the Food Guide Pyramid for Children how many servings of vegetable should a child have?
A)6 servings
B)3 servings
C)2 servings
D)1 serving



5For a five year old child, the serving size from the vegetable group is
A)1 to 2 tablespoons.
B)3 to 4 tablespoons.
C)1/2 cup.
D)3 or more.







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