Healthy Eating for Kids: Recipes and Nutrition Advice

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9 Kids' Foods that Aren't as Healthy as They Appear

Not every food that sounds healthy for a child is as good as it appears. By Carolyn Williams, M.Ed., R.D.

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Worst Kids' Foods - Whole Milk

Whole Milk

Everyone knows kids need milk for good bone health, but did you know that kids don’t need the extra fat that’s in whole milk? In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that children over the age of two years drink low-fat (1%) milk. Toddlers need the extra fat in whole milk from 12 months to two years for development; but, after that, the additional fat isn’t necessary and can add extra calories to kids’ diets.  If your child is hooked on whole milk, then transition him slowly to the low-fat option by mixing whole or 2% milk with 1% or skim. And, don’t worry about missing out on any calcium and Vitamin D. All milks have the same vitamin and mineral content, regardless of the fat content.

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