Toddlers: Are avocados okay for toddlers?

My daughter is 18 months old. Her favorite food is avocado. She will eat at least one whole avocado per day. I know this food is high in fat. Do I need to be concerned or should I let her continue to indulge in her favorite food?

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Yes, avocados are high in fat, but most of the fat is the monounsaturated variety, or "good" fat, which has been shown in studies to lower blood cholesterol.

Because avocados are high in fat, they are also high in calories. In order to decide if your daughter should cut back, you need to determine if eating so many calories from avocados has left her with little or no appetite for other important foods. In other words, she should not be eating them to the exclusion of other nutritious foods.

Avocados contain lots of important nutrients, so a whole avocado would certainly count for two to three of her required servings of fruits and vegetables. They contain more potassium than a banana, lots of beta-carotene and some fiber, They have some folacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin C, although your daughter will need some other daily source for vitamin C. One small California avocado contains 200+ calories and 30 grams of fat. They are great baby and toddler food because they are high in fat and calories, which are important for little children with high caloric needs and small stomach capacity.

I think avocados are a great food, and delicious. Allow your daughter to continue to enjoy them as part of a balanced diet.

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