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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

Should my children eat only low-fat, low-cholesterol foods?

Answer

Childhood is the best time to start heart healthy eating habits. But adult goals for cutting back on total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol aren’t meant generally for children younger than 2 years.

Fat is an essential nutrient that supplies the energy, or calories, they need for growth and active play and should not be severely restricted.

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