Nutrition for kids is built on the same principles as nutrition for adults. Every person needs the same types of nutrients — such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. Children, however, need altered amounts of specific nutrients at different ages.
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Target to limit your child's calories from
Added sugar- Limit added sugars Naturally occurring sugars, such as those in fruit and milk, are not added sugars. Examples of added sugars include brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, honey and others.
Saturated and trans fats- Limit saturated fats that mainly come from animal sources of food, such as red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. Look for ways to replace saturated fats with vegetable and nut oils, which provide essential fatty acids and vitamin E. Healthier fats are also naturally present in olives, nuts, avocados and seafood. Limit trans fats by avoiding foods that contain partially hydrogenated oil. If you have questions about nutrition for kids or specific concerns about your child's diet, talk to your child's doctor or a registered dietitian.