3.1 Explain the nutritional value of the main food groups

QualificationLevel 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit1.1 Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Learning outcome: 3. Understand the nutritional needs of children
Assessment criteria: 3.1 Explain the nutritional value of the main food groups

  • The Eatwell Guide/Plate demonstrates a good balance of each of the food groups
  • Fruit and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals – they should make up about a third of your daily food intake and you should aim for at least 5 potions per day
  • Starchy foods such as potatoes, rice and pasta provide a variety of nutrients including carbohydrates and fibre and are a good source of energy – they should make up about a third of your daily food intake
  • Dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yoghurt contain calcium, which helps keeps bones healthy
  • Meat, fish, eggs, beans and pulses are a good source of protein
  • Foods that are high in fat or sugar should be limited

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