All About Nutrition

Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: I was wondering, for a child under 5 and an adult what is the nutrition intake for each daily?

How much juice would each be able to have daily - what is the recommended amount?


A: You can find the nutrition intake information for yourself and your child in the recommended calorie intake tables. There is also a recommended calorie intake calculator which you can use to determine if you are getting enough calories in your diet.

Juice is not recommended on a daily basis for infants and children because it is packed too high with calories, but does not have all the fibre that the fresh fruit has eaten raw. In addition to this, most fruit juices have a lot of sugar added to them, which are not healthy for young children.

If you want to give your child some juice, it is preferable that you juice some fresh, organic fruit yourself and use all the fibre in the juice - that way, you know you are given your child wholesome juice that you have prepared yourself.

It is much better to give your child a fruit salad with fresh organic fruit than fruit juice.

Another suggestion is: you can steam some fruit (for maybe five minutes) and then mash it up (or blend it) with some ground up nuts (such as walnuts or almonds) and add some yoghurt. This makes a great, nutritious snack for your child, packed full of vitamins and plenty of calcium too.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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