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The "Basic Four"
A Simple but Good Guide to Good Nutrition.
This is the foundation for a good diet. Use more of these and other foods as needed for growth, for activity and for desirable weight.
- Protein Foods - 2 or more servings daily needed for growth and repair of all body tissues. Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, with dry beans, peas, nuts and peanut as substitutes.
- Grain Foods - 4 or more servings for carbohydrate, B vitamins, iron and fiber (whole grains). Breads, cereals, rice, pasta, (foods made from enriched and whole grain flour).
- Vegetables and Fruits - 4 or more servings for vitamins C and A, potassium, iron and fiber. Include orange or other good source of vitamin C daily, and a dark leafy green vegetable or deep orange vegetable 3-4 times a week.
- Milk Foods - 2-4 servings daily for calcium (for strong bones and teeth); protein and riboflavin (B2). Milk, cheese, yogurt, ice milk.
- Other Foods - including fats (butter, margarines, oils) and sweets, as found in sweet foods and desserts, in Moderation. Prevent excess weight.
Who Needs Breakfast?
We all do!
A good breakfast will include good foods from the "Basic Four Food Groups" and will include enough food to satisfy you until you can eat again.
- Little Kids? - Of course! Young children need nourishing foods throughout the day for the development of sound minds and bodies. * School children? - Right! Boys and girls can't concentrate and learn as well when their stomachs are empty.
- Teenagers? - You bet! Nutritional needs are never greater than during the teen years - especially during periods of rapid growth.
- Moms and Dads? - None of us can do his or her best with home and work responsibilities when we're hungry.
- Grandparents and older folks? - Yes! Seniors need the some nutrients as young adults - only fewer calories.
- Dieters? - Absolutely! Persons who skip breakfast tend to nibble - or - "starve", then "stuff" at the next meal. Any good reducing diet includes a nourishing breakfast.