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i understand why we should have 5 portions of fruit or veg a day, what i cant find out is how big is a portion for children 0-5 yrs 5-10 yrs and 10 can you help please

There is quite a significant difference in the nutritional needs of children aged 0-5 and again from 5-10. A typical portion size is 1/2 cup of a fruit or vegetable or 4 ounces of 100% juice. These amounts would be fine for most children aged 5-10.  For children aged 1-3, an appropriate serving size of fruits and vegetables is about 1/4 of a cup each. For children aged 3-6, you can increase the serving sizes to about 1/2 cup each.   Remember, infants should not be fed any fruits or vegetables until approximately 6 months of age, to reduce the risk of allergic reactions. Then, avoid citrus fruits, strawberries and fruit juices until after 1 year of age. After a child is self feeding, watch for foods that may be choking hazards such as grapes, nuts and crunchy vegetables. Avoid whole grapes-cut them in half or quarter them instead. If serving nuts, grind or chop finely. And cook crunchy vegetables, such as carrots, until soft for children under the age of three.



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