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Weaning Food Groups

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Weaning Food Groups

Foods are grouped together mainly due to their similarity in nutrients. The aim of this is to encourage a variety of consumption across the five food groups each day in proportions that meet with dietary guidelines. Please ensure you give foods which are suitable for your child’s age and stage of development.

Food Group 1 – Breads & Cereals

This group comes from grains like wheat, oats, rice, rye, barley, millet and corn.

What nutrients do these foods provide?
  • Carbohydrates
  • B vitamins
  • Some calcium
  • Iron
  • Fibre.

Food Group 2 – Fruits

Fruit is formed from the flower of plants and contains the seeds of the plant.

What nutrients do these foods provide?
  • Vitamins
  • Mineral
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fibre.

Food Group 3 – Vegetables

Vegetables come from plant parts, including roots, tuber, flowers, leaves, seeds, stems and shoots.

What nutrients do these foods provide?
  • Vitamins
  • Mineral
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fibre.

Food Group 4 – Dairy Foods

This group includes milk, cheese and yogurts.

Please note: Reduced fat milk should only be served to your child AFTER two years of age.

What nutrients do these foods provide?
  • Calcium
  • Protein
  • Vitamins.

Food Group 5 – Meats & Alternatives

This includes meat, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, pulses, legumes, nuts and seeds.

What nutrients do these foods provide?
  • Protein
  • Iron
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals.

Extra Foods

Examples of this group includes cakes, crisp, pies, sausage rolls pastries and biscuits. These foods are not essential in the diet and should be chosen only in small amount or not at all.

What About Fats & Oils?

Foods in this group contain fatty acids but only need to be eaten sometimes or in small amounts. Other foods also contain fatty acids such as meat and dairy products.

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