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10 essential nutrients for teenagers

They’re still growing and developing, which makes finding the right diet for adolescents crucial. Nutrition editor Amanda Ursell flags up the important nutrients that will help them stay healthy – in body and mind

RAPID BONE GROWTH is one of the most obvious changes teenagers experience. To become longer and stronger, bones need specific vitamins and minerals, as well as extra amounts of other nutrients for the accompanying increase in skin, blood and muscles. As we know, during adolescence teenagers also undergo dramatic changes in their emotional and psychological development, and these can affect their food choices and nutritional intake. Taking all this into account, it’s easy to see why many teenagers don’t manage to hit the levels recommended for essential vitamins and minerals. Here are 10 to keep an eye on for this important life stage…

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