Children, like adults, should avoid too much fat and cholesterol in their diets.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions:

  • Make sure there are always fresh fruit and vegetables readily available for your child.
  • Offer your child whole-grain cereals and breads, low-fat dairy and healthier starches such as potatoes, rice and pasta.
  • Skip high-fat toppings, such as butter, gravy and sour cream. Instead, top foods with low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat yogurt or Parmesan cheese.
  • Feed your child lean, healthy proteins, such as skinless poultry, and lean pork, beef, and fish.
  • For dessert, opt for frozen fruit bars or frozen yogurt.
  • Use non-stick cooking sprays, margarine and vegetable oils.
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