Nutrients Kids Need

Nutrients are what give us energy, help us grow, and keep our hearts beating and our body systems running efficiently. It's important for kids to eat a variety of foods from these six groups of nutrients.

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Because children are constantly growing, consuming a nutrient-rich diet is essential. There are six groups of nutrients:







Nutrients and the Food Groups
Each food that kids eat gives them a different assortment of the six nutrients listed above, which is why it’s so important for them to eat a variety of foods. The USDA has placed foods into groups because they have similar nutrients. For example, foods in the milk group, such as yogurt, cheese, and milk, are all good sources of protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Eating foods from each group every day provides most of the nutrients that kids need.

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