Food Sources for Kids
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You need food and water just to stay alive - and if you can eat nutritious food to stay healthy then that's a great bonus too!
The food we eat comes mainly from 3 sources:
- Animals e.g. chickens, pigs, fish
- Plants e.g wheats and oats
- Fungi e.g. mushrooms
These can provide you with all of the key food groups which you should eat in a varied and balanced way:
- Fruit and Vegetables
- Fats and Oils
In most cases, as long as it is thoroughly washed and any toxins removed, fresh food is generally healthier for you than processed food. Examples of fresh food are chicken breasts, apples, broccoli and nuts. Examples of processed food are a chicken curry ready meal, a jar of Bolognese sauce, breakfast cereal. These processed foods have been made in factory and packaged up for our consumption but in order to keep them from going off they are often packed with preservatives and other chemicals.
There are two key ways to obtain food:
- Grow your own fruit and vegetables (see our article here on 'GROWING YOUR OWN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES' or to rear your own animals.
- Buy food from a shop or supermarket or restaurant. Most people go for this option.
Whichever route you or your parents take, make sure you watch out for food poisoning! See our article on 'FOOD SAFETY'.
Remember food can be transported thousands of miles to reach your supermarket. For example, India export a lot of rice and typically this is transported by ship in big containers. Some food might come from your local farm down the road. And some may come from your garden!
Understanding the sources of food is important so you make healthy food choices now and in the future.
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