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close this bookAmaranth to Zai Holes, Ideas for Growing Food under Difficult Conditions (ECHO; 1996; 397 pages)
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Open this folder and view contents1: Basics of agricultural development
Open this folder and view contents2: Vegetables and small fruits in the tropics
Open this folder and view contents3: Staple crops
Open this folder and view contents4: Multipurpose trees
Open this folder and view contents5: Farming systems and gardening techniques
Open this folder and view contents6: Soil health and plant nutrition
Open this folder and view contents7: Water resources
Open this folder and view contents8: Plant protection and pest control
Open this folder and view contents9: Domestic animals
Open this folder and view contents10: Food science
Open this folder and view contents11: Human health care
Open this folder and view contents12: Seeds and germplasm
Open this folder and view contents13: Energy and technologies
Open this folder and view contents14: From farm to market
Open this folder and view contents15: Training and missionary resources
Open this folder and view contents16: Oils
Open this folder and view contents17: Above-ground (urban) gardens
View the document18: What is ECHO?
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Open this folder and view contentsECHO development notes - issue 52
Open this folder and view contentsECHO development notes: issue 53
Open this folder and view contents28 additional technical notes about tropical agriculture
Open this folder and view contentsPrinciples of agroforestry
close this folderGood nutrition on the small farm
View the documentWhy Nutrition?
View the documentWhat is a balanced diet?
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View the documentNutrients in foods
View the documentRecommended daily allowances
View the documentFive natural food groups
View the documentBalancing the diet with the five food groups
View the documentWhen milk is missing
View the documentPotential Sources for Information on Nutrition
 

What is a balanced diet?

It is a diet that gives one all of what one needs in more or less the quantity that is needed. This bulletin permits you to balance the diet with only a few simple rules. You need only learn the 5 common food groups (all foods will fit into them) and about the amount you will need of each food group each day. Yet this bulletin attempts to educate you further, to give you sufficient knowledge to be able to resist food fads and irrational diets, and to interpret the "nutritional" advertisements one is surrounded by today.

Furthermore, you may be interested in the spiritual well being of others. How can you help them spiritually if they suffer from hunger or malnutrition? You may owe your people the knowledge given here. Finally, although all people need the same foods, they may need them in different amounts due to special conditions of the moment. This bulletin will help you interpret individual differences and special needs.

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