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Twas the eve before dinner, and all through the house
all the adults were stirring, their minds full of doubts.
The dinner was laid on the table with care, but should all of those fats be there?
With infants so young and so chubby and fat, their intake should not be touched, and that is that.
Double is exactly what they require, any less would cause deficiencies that are less than desired.
The baby in its bib, and I in my sweater, had just settled down, to a nice, toasty dinner.
When up in my head a thought rose so bright,
should I or my toddler be eating fat tonight?
To google I flew, and only to find,
that fat intake should be gradually reduced, from the age of five.
Now this shocked me, right down to my core.
Could my children and I be different, even more?
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a google link to nutritional needs.
In the article, it just happened to mention, that all adults need much much more calcium.
Iron, too, is an increased detail, first at 11 mgs as an infant, and 18 mgs as a female.
Stronger bones and teeth was the goal, as well as heart health and a radiant soul.
Away Cholesterol! Now trans fats! Sodium and extraneous sugar!
In iron, and proteins, and calcium, and vitamins!
To the food groups now, to dairy and grain and protein and fruits,
and to vegetables, of course, important to most.
Now infants, they stand alone.
Dairy, as their only food group, or zone.
As they grow, grain and protein must be added, in the form of infant cereal that will no doubt be battered.
Now for children to adults, all 5 food groups bring the best of results
As the begin children grow and grow, they’ll need more energy to help them soar.
As adults age, they become old, and fat.
This means they need less sugars and fats
Unlike infants with their breastmilk and formula, adults need stocky foods like beef and wheat pasta.
Such foods as these are what lay on my table, around which the children seem most unstable.
They jiggle and jumble and fidget and squeeze, asking “Mommy, why can’t we just have some Mac ‘n Cheese?”
Because, I reply, pouring the tea. Your health is very important to me.
limit saturated fats to less than 7% total daily calories.
limit trans fats to less than 1% total daily calories
lowers risk of heart disease and stroke
don’t restrict fats until 5 years old, then reduce gradually through childhood and teen years
1-3 years eat diet w/ 30%-35% calories from fat daily
4-18 years old 25% to 35% calories from fat daily
Do not restrict fat intake, babies need double the fat of adults
not enough fat could retard growth and development
could lead to nutritional shortages in baby
possibility that high-fat infant diet could lead to lower cholesterol in adulthood
Adult vs. Child dietary needs
Adults: limit fats, women need 18 mg iron, men need 8 mg iron, both need 1,000 mg calcium
Children: Need more fats, need 11mg iron (infant) to 7 mg iron (child), need 200 mg calcium
Breast milk/ formula (dairy)
as infants get older, proteins and grains are introduced through baby cereal, increases iron intake and accustoms child to solid food
Fruits, vegetables, grain, proteins, dairy
as children grow and develop they need more energy and therefore higher amounts of nutrients
As adults age, they need less saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, and extra sugars, as high amounts of those are known to cause health issues like obesity and heart disease