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what are the best foods for a growing teen? #319915

Asked May 09, 2016, 8:23 AM EDT

as a teenager I have many friends inside and out my upper school but they all seem to be taller than me what can I do?

New Castle County Outside United States

Expert Response

Height is usually determined by genetics more than by what you eat. To stay healthy you should follow the USDA 2015 Dietary Guidelines.  Make half your plate vegetables and fruit, about 1/4 of the plate whole grains, 1/4 a protein food, and add some dairy.  This can be your guidance for lunches and dinners.  For breakfast have some whole grains, protein, dairy and a fruit or vegetable.  For snacks choose healthy foods rather than foods with few nutrients.  
Pat Brinkman Replied May 17, 2016, 9:14 AM EDT

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