Adolescent Nutrition

 

13-19 years, this is the period of rapid growth associated with hormonal, cognitive and emotional changes.

Nutrition requirements

  • Protein: Eat plant and animal protein for growth and development.
  • Fruits/vegetables: Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables they contain vitamins A, C, D, folic acid which help in tissue growth, cell and bone formation.
  • Ensure you eat at least 4 of the main food groups each day.
  • Drink plenty of clean water
  • Exercise

Adolescent Nutrition

  • Vital minerals including calcium, magnesium and zinc are important for bone formation growth and development.
  • Iron requirements also increase as a result of expansion  of the total blood volume, increase in lean body mass and onset of menses in young females.