During the teenage years, your child is making the transition to adulthood. In terms of their nutrition and diet, it is likely they have more autonomy over their food choices and many of their tastes have been developed. they're also more independent –eating at restaurants with friends, stopping at convenience stores or vending machines on their way to and from school. You're less likely to be able to monitor everything they're eating, but proper nutrition is important, especially as your child is going through puberty and growing quickly. According to the Academy of Pediatrics, most adolescents fall short of their daily quotas of calcium, iron, and zinc - all of which are important minerals for a healthy growing body. If your child's diet is full of a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy, your child should be consuming all the nutrients and calories your child needs to fully support their body's growth.
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