Fats that are GOOD for your baby
Fat usually has a bad reputation. Balanced fats come from the right sources are crucial to babies’ development. But what are these good fats? What is the right balance?
Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know about healthy fats for babies.
The primary types of fat are: polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat, saturated fat, omega-3 fatty acids, and trans fat.
Babies need fat more than adults. they need it for their brain development and vitamin absorption. It’s good for absorbing vitamins A, D, E, and K. It helps them reach their full growth potential. Also, babies and toddlers have such small stomachs – they need the right amount of fat to have enough energy. They also need to develop at the right rate. Under the age of two, experts recommend that half of your baby’s calories come from healthy fats. If your still nursing, don’t worry, breast milk is high in the fat your baby needs.
Dietary fat support your toddlers nervous system and eye health. Serving full fat products to children over time can help regulate blood sugar levels.
Some examples for fat sources for your baby: avocado, olive oil, nut butters, seeds, yogurt, wild-caught salmon, whole milk, and coconut. For new eaters, add a bit of avocado, flaxseed, or coconut milk to purees can be a great way to introduce fat. As your child gets older, coconut butter or nut butter can be a great spread for fruits and veggies. to supplement fat serve bite-sized servings of salmon and cottage cheese.