Good vs bad fats in a child’s diet

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

PEO­PLE of­ten are con­fused about what fats to in­clude in their child’s diet and how much of them they should in­clude.

Good fats are re­ally im­por­tant to your child’s diet be­cause they help their body to de­velop and grow, while bad fats can cre­ate se­ri­ous health prob­lems due to the pro­duc­tion of bad choles­terol in the body.

■ Mo­noun­sat­u­rated fats in olive, canola and grape­seed oil, avo­cado, lean meat, nuts and seeds.

■ Polyun­sat­u­rated fats are found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna, soy prod­ucts such as tofu and in nuts.

■ Omega-3 can be found in tuna, salmon, mack­erel, wal­nuts, flaxseed, soy foods, green leafy veg­eta­bles and legumes. Ba­bies also get omega-3 from breast­milk.

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