Adolescents And Nutrition

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Adolescents and Nutrition I would like to talk to you about adolescents and their nutrition. Did you know that surveys prove that adolescents lack many nutrients! Some of them are Vitamin C, Niacin, and Vitamin A. Adolescents need to get enough nutrition so that they may grow properly and healthy. Nutrients help adolescents by providing sufficient calories needed to do physical activities. Nutrients help adolescents grow and repair muscle tissue. They also provide enjoyment in their life! . A study has proven that over half of all the menstruating girls in the world are deficient in iron and have a high risk in developing anemia,a deffciency in iron. Also young athletes, male and female, have a high risk of getting anemia because of all the energy used on a sport. Can you believe that stress also causes a loss in iron! Anemia can cause people to have mental and physical problems.

Some foods high in iron are lean meats, green leafy vegetables, whole grain breads , and strawberries.

Adolescents should have about 1,200 mg of calcium a day! That is about 3 to 4 cups of milk. If a child does not like milk or other dairy products you can find a variety of calcium pills at stores like GNC( General Nutrition Center). Enough calcium in an adolescent helps keep bones and teeth strong. Some high calcium-rich foods are dairy foods, dark green leafy vegetables, and broccoli. Though some of the foods mentioned sound nasty but in the long run calcium helps stop osteoporosis and high blood pressure! Zinc is a nutrient that helps you grow properly and heal fast. If a male adolescent is short, his wounds don’t heal, and sexual organs aren’t growing it is probably because he is not putting enough zinc in his body. Some...