Health Tip: Monitor Fat in Preschoolers' Diet05/07/13
(HealthDay News) -- Once children reach the age of 4, they will
need less fat than in the first years of life.
Experts say parents should monitor dietary fat to help children
maintain a healthy weight and establish good eating habits early in
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this advice on
reducing fat in your preschooler's diet:
- From age 1 to 2, children with a family history of heart
disease, obesity or high cholesterol should drink 2 percent
- All children should be switched to 1 percent low-fat milk after
the second birthday.
- Serve your child lean meats, grilled fish or broiled fish.
- Limit the amount of cheese your child eats.
- Limit fruit juice to 4 oz. to 6 oz. per day of 100 percent
fruit juice, and offer whole fruits as much as possible.
- Offer low-fat snacks such as fat-free yogurt, pretzels or fresh
- Prepare foods using lower-fat cooking methods such as broiling,
roasting and steaming. Use small amounts of olive oil or nonstick
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