Tips to remember!
- The amount of fat is important, but so is the type.
- All fats are not bad; good fats such as MUFA and PUFA help the body maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
- What you see is not the only fat in your diet – account for invisible fat as well.
- Pay attention to the type of fat you give children – make simple changes like switching from butter to peanut butter, adding walnuts to their cereals etc.
- Stay away from a low fat diet with calories mainly from refined carbohydrates, which add to the glucose load and get converted to fat in the body.
- Know the fatty acid profile of oils – it is easy to switch to a healthier oil and you will be doing a favour to both the young and old hearts at home!
- Use a combination of oils, for example groundnut with Canola, rice bran or sesame with soyabean.
- Read the nutrition labels of packaged foods you buy to check the fat amounts and type (See An Apple a Day in ParentEdge Issue 9 (November-December 2012)).
- Include plenty of whole grain, fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet and encourage active play!