ASUAMAH ADJEI-AMPOFO ASSIGNMENT 704 TASK A
HEALTHIER FOODS AND SPECIAL DIETS
This is a piece of information that contains current government nutritional guidelines for a healthier diet, the impact of diet on health, a range of sources for essential nutrients and lastly catering practices that help maintain the nutritional value of food.
Healthy Eating Advice
1. The Government recommends that all healthy individuals should consume
a diet that contains: plenty of starchy foods such as rice, bread, pasta and potatoes(choosing wholegrain varieties when possible). Plenty of fruit and vegetables; at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day, moderate amounts of protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and alternatives such as nuts and pulses. Moderate amounts of milk and dairy, choosing reduced fat versions or
eating smaller amounts of full fat versions or eating them less often and less saturated fat, salt and sugar
2. The Balance of Good Health is a pictorial representation of the proportion that different food groups should make to the diet. This representation of food intake relates to individuals over the age of 5.
3. Although most individuals should be able to get all the nutrients they need from following a healthy balanced diet, certain groups within the population may need to take supplements, these include: Pregnant women and those women trying for a baby should take 400 microgram (µg, mcg) of folic acid daily until 12th week of pregnancy. In addition to this, they should also eat folate rich foods such as, green vegetables, brown rice and fortified breakfast cereals. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also take a daily 10mcg supplement of vitamin D.
Children under the age of 5 who are not good eaters may need to take a supplement containing vitamins A, D & C. Children who have a good appetite and eat a wide variety of foods, including fruit...