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Kids Need Fats!

Does it occur to you that toddlers need fats in their diets too? You know how - as parents - we always think about calcium, iron and vitamins intake, and often neglect the importance of fats in our toddlers' diets. Some parents may also go to the extent of avoiding fats and oils when cooking for children. Background Information Children need a lot of good fats in their diet, which can include saturated, monounsaturated, and omega-3 fats. The fat sources are best sourced naturally from whole foods that include butter, milk, yoghurt, nuts, fatty fish, eggs, avocado, and meat. Cooking with plant-based oils also helps to contribute to fat intake. Fat plays an important role in the development of your child's brain and helps them reach their...

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Cooking to Preserve Nutrients

How do you normally cook porridge for your children? For us, our common practice is to cook everything together – a portion of meat, vegetables and rice – all in the same pot, boiling till desired consistency is achieved. I believe that is what most of us would do, especially if we’re Chinese (or Asian). Recently, I’ve been reading up more and been pondering if it’s the optimal way for our children to obtain the most nutrients, proves that it may not be so.  Meat is where the proteins are. When it is boiled for a prolonged period of time, the water-soluble vitamins are lost to the water, and some destroyed, however the proteins are still intact in the meat...

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