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How important are fats to children's health?

How important are fats to children's health?

Lipids (fats) are considered most often as the negative character in the diet, but you should know, dear mothers, that they are indispensable for the proper functioning of the body. Did you know that 60% of our brain is made up of lipids?

In your capacity as a mother you must know that fats are of two types:

  • Saturated - from meat, sausages, dairy and cheese, the recommended proportion being one third of the daily lipid requirement;
  • Unsaturated - from fish, vegetable oils, seeds and nuts, the recommended proportion being two thirds of the daily ratio.

Unsaturated fats are good elements necessary for the body, with anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular protective role, which contain essential fatty acids. These are important for the health of your baby because they enter the structure of the brain, retina, nerves and skin, being basic components of cell membranes. They play a role in the growth and development of the body and its functions, in maintaining immunity and in the transport of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K).

A controversial role is played by unsaturated lipids, which by processing (solidification) turn into "trans" fats. These are found in margarine, sausages, biscuits, fries or fried foods, fats that promote aging of the body.

Because "trans" fats are also found in cheese, it is important to know that we carefully choose them and offer them in appropriate portions for each cheese category.

Choose from the existing varieties a cream cheese (30 g) for spreads instead of melted cheese, put in the child's plate 30 g cheese, emmental, or parmesan, 50-60 g telemea or strain over a fresh salad, 100 g - 150 g of fresh cheese (urda, ricotta, milk kernel, cottage, lean cow's cheese), in three daily servings of dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese).

Favor the varieties of cheese made from partially skimmed milk, with a lot of whey, with a percentage of up to 20% fat and do not forget to make for your little one, portions suitable for each type of cheese.

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