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The Difference between Good & Bad Dietary Fats

The Difference between Good & Bad Dietary Fats

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Babies need fats in substantial amount until the age of 12 months. This time period is extremely crucial as every stage of this 12 month period is contributing to the child’s normal growth which includes cognitive development such as perception, thought, memory, language, and physical condition.

Friday, July 20th, 2018

There are two types of dietary fats, good and bad. Good dietary fats as the name suggests are high on the nutritive value. Bad dietary fats such as trans-fat should not be given to babies as they increase the “bad” Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and decrease the “good” High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in the blood.

Good dietary fat is needed by babies to absorb fat-soluble vitamins such A, D, E and K, which are essential for the baby’s growth.  Unsaturated fats fall under the category of good dietary fats.  Salmon, seeds, canola oil, soft non-hydrogenated margarine and avocado are examples of unsaturated fats. Also, good dietary fats, such as docosahexaenoic acid is essential for the baby’s cognitive development and respiratory system as well.

At the same time, it is advisable to give your little one breast milk, avocados, and organic whole milk yoghurt.

Breast Milk

Breast milk contains close to 50% fat. Even otherwise, breast milk is nutritious food naturally available to the baby for its normal growth.


Avocados are known to contain unsaturated fats that are healthy for the heart. As per U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Data Laboratory, one-half of the avocado has 15 grams of good dietary fat. Experts recommend that around 500 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids should be given to infants between 0 to 12 months.

Organic Whole Milk Yogurt

Whole-milk yoghurt is an excellent source of dietary fat for your baby. A slice of cheddar cheese provides your baby with 9 grams of dietary fat.

Good dietary fats are should always feature at the top of the baby’s nutrient list. It is equally important for the baby’s overall growth and nourishment. In 2006, as per an article published in American Family Physician, babies need to consume good dietary fats as they have small tummies that cannot digest large chunks of food. Therefore, it is quite evident that babies need good dietary fat for their development just like protein, vitamins and calcium. Next up we will learn why it is important to include micronutrients play in your baby’s meal.

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