24 MAY  2023

Comparing the Nutritional Needs of Infants and Adults

Infants have higher nutrient needs for rapid growth and development.

Growth Needs

Infants require more fats and carbohydrates, while adults have a balanced macronutrient intake.

Macronutrient Differences

Infants need more protein per kilogram of body weight for tissue development.

Protein Requirement

Infants have higher energy, needs per unit of body weight while adults have higher overall energy needs.

Energy Contrasts

Infants rely on breast milk/formula, while adults consume solid foods.

Feeding Methods

Infants require more iron calcium, and vitamin D while adults need more vitamin C, B12, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Micronutrient Variation

Infants transition to solid foods, while adults consume diverse solid foods.

Solid Food Transition

Infants need key of nutrients like protein fats, carbs, iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamins.

Essential Nutrients

Adults have specific nutrient needs for overall health.

Adult Needs

Breast milk benefits infants by providing optimal nutrition and antibodies.

Breast Milk Benefits

Adults have individualized, nutritional needs based on age sex, activity level, and health status.

Individualized Requirements

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