Guidelines for Babies

On the matter of fat: Although low fat diets are recommended for adults, the American Academy of Pediatrics,The American Heart Association Nutrition Committee and The National Cholesterol Education Program agree that fat and cholesterol should not be restricted in the diets of children from birth to two. Dietary fatsupplies concentrated energy, provides the essential fatty acids, linoleic and linolenic (necessary forproper neurologic development) and is a carrier of fat soluble vitamins. Infants have a difficult time eating enough low fat foods to meet their caloric needs because their stomachs are so small.

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