The New Zealand Food and Nutrition Guideline Statements for healthy children and young people

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These are key recommendations to ensure optimal growth and prevent nutritional deficiencies, obesity and diet-related chronic diseases.

The first recommendation is as follows:

Eat a variety of foods from each of the four major food groups each day:

- vegetables and fruit, including different colours and textures

- breads and cereals, increasing wholegrain products as children increase in age

- milk and milk products or suitable alternatives, preferably reduced or low-fat options

- lean meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds.