You asked

What foods do tweens and teens need most during puberty?

During puberty, extra nutrients are needed to cope with the body’s increased need. During the rapid growth of puberty, the body needs extra calories and nutrients, in particular iron and calcium.
 
Iron has many different roles within the body including: 
  • Transport oxygen to the muscles
  • Helps with brain function
  • Helps the immune system fight disease
Menstruation increases a girl's need for iron. Therefore it’s important to choose iron- rich food sources which can keep your body working optimally.Your body will absorb more calcium from the foods you eat during puberty due to an increased need for skeletal growth. However, many tweens and teens don’t eat enough calcium rich foods to meet their growing needs.
 
Foods that are rich in iron include:
  • Red meat
  • Egg yolks
  • Dark, leafy greens (such as spinach, savoy cabbage)
  • Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
  • Iron-enriched cereals and grains 
Foods that are rich in calcium include:
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Sardines
  • Dark leafy greens like spinach
  • Fortified cereals 

More questions

During puberty, extra nutrients are needed to cope with the body’s increased need.
If you’re a parent of a preteen, if you haven’t already sat your child down for “the talk” you may want to consider doing so! 
 
 
Puberty can be a source of insecurity and worry, so make sure you’re reassuring and that you’re open to questions during your conversation with your son.
For boys, puberty starts when the brain sends a signal to the testicles to produce testosterone
This is the time where children begin the journey from kids to adults. It’s a long journey, one that can be anxious, exciting, difficult and challenging all in one.
Talking to your tween about menstruation can be daunting, read our tips.......
Getting your first period represents an exciting milestone in a young girl’s life. But, what happens if she’s at school or away from you?
It's important that you discuss menstruation with your daughter as early as possible as many girls get their periods at quite a young age.

Latest

Trending

Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.