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Explain what is meant by healthy eating.

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit name: Unit 1.1: Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Learning outcome: 1. Understand the impact of food and nutrition on children’s health and development.
Assessment criteria: 1.1 Explain what is meant by healthy eating.

Unit 1.1 is all about healthy eating and supporting healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition. Therefore, it is essential to understand what the term ‘healthy eating’ means.

Healthy eating can be defined as choosing foods that provide the nutrients needed by the body to grow, develop and maintain bodily functions.

Good dietary habits are essential for healthy development from birth onwards because they provide children with nutrients that play an important role in physical growth and cognitive function.