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Should my child’s diet include fat?

During the early childhood years, kids need dietary fat for proper growth and neurological development. Dietary fat also helps the body absorb certain nutrients and is necessary for maintaining energy levels. But ideally fats should come from nutritious sources such as milk, yogurt, cheese, avocadoes, and nuts. Until the age of 2, children need whole-fat dairy products; after that, switching to lower-fat options is generally acceptable. Fat should make up a little less than a third of your child’s diet. However, because individual dietary needs vary, discuss these recommendations with your child’s pediatrician.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
 
Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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