Food and Your Life Stages

As we are getting old our diet also change and that’s include our foods. We can never eat the food we used to eat when we are still teenagers if we reach our 40s. For guidelines about the food in our life stages, check out this article.

Our nutritional needs change with different life stages. To be fit and healthy, it is important to take into account the extra demands placed on your body by these changes.

To meet your body’s regular nutritional needs, you should consume:



    • a wide variety of nutritious foods
    • water on a daily basis
    • enough kilojoules for energy, with carbohydrates as the preferred source
    • essential fatty acids from foods such as oily fish, nuts, avocado
    • adequate protein for cell maintenance and repair
    • fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins
    • essential minerals such as iron, calcium and zinc
    • foods containing plant-derived phytochemicals, which may protect against heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, arthritis and osteoporosis.

A varied diet that concentrates on fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, dairy foods and lean meats can meet these basic requirements.

Babies – birth to six months of age

Babies usually double their length and triple their weight between birth and one year of age. Breastmilk generally supplies a baby with the required amounts of nutrients, fluids and energy up to about six months of age. It is recommended that infants be exclusively breastfed up to around six months of age.

Breastmilk is preferred to infant formula where possible, as it contains many protective and immunological factors that benefit the baby’s development. Fruit juice is not recommended for babies under the age of six months.

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