Children older than 2 years should gradually adopt American Heart Association dietary recommendations.
That means eating a healthy dietary pattern that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish, legumes, nontropical vegetable oils and nuts, while limiting sodium, sweets, sugar-sweetened beverages, and red meats.
Read the nutrition facts panel on the food label to determine how much fiber is in the food you are choosing.
The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine has estimated the adequate intake for fiber based on factors such as age or gender. Your child’s individual fiber needs may differ.
|9-13 years||Female - 26 |
Male - 31
|14-18 years||Female - 26 |
Male - 38
- Sugar and Sweetener
- Cholesterol in Children
- Dietary Recommendations for Healthy Children
- The AHA's Recommendations for Physical Activity in Children
- High Blood Pressure in Children
- Childhood Obesity
- Vegetables and Fruits
- Vegetarian Diets
Last reviewed 2/2015