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BTEC Health and Social Care Level 2 Unit 11: The Importance of Diet on Health Linda Banjo. Discuss how the component of a balanced diet contribute to an individual's health at different life stage As individuals we all go through different stages in life and having a balanced diet at every stage is very important due to the body’s requirements in order for the body to perform very well. As infants our diets depends on breast milk because it supplies the child with all the necessary nutrients and water that the infant needs to double or triple in size within a year from birth. As toddlers and children the ideal balanced diet will be food high in protein, vitamins and minerals, fat and water because they contribute to the growth, development of strong bones and energy to accommodate their over active nature. In the teenage stage of life it is very important to eat a balanced diet high in protein, carbohydrate, water, vitamins and minerals as this assists them in their developments in puberty, helps them stay within their ideal weight, helps with their focus in school work and sport activities. As young adults/full grown adults (men and women) men are allowed a daily intake of 2500 calories and women are allowed 2000 calories a day. These calories should be made up of 5 a day balanced diet. Their diets should be high in fats, carbohydrates, fibre, sugars, water, vitamins and minerals as these components contribute to keeping an adult health and preventing certain illness’, maintenance of appropriate BMI, maintenance if ideal weight and above all the sufficient amount of nutrients the body needs at that stage to perform very well. At old age eating a diet rich with vitamins, proteins, fibre and water contributes to making their immune system function better as well as keeping their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol level low. Discuss how the component of

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