26. Get the right fat-itude
All children need some fat in their diets – but it has to be the right kind.
Yes, some fats can actually be good – even essential – for your family.
Up to the age of five, a child’s diet should contain around 40% fat. After that, (although there were no set figures for children in the UK at the time of this book going to press), it is suggested that 35% of their calories should come from fat – although 30% is considered to be a better target by the World Health Organisation.
Whilst no child should be put on a low fat diet unless advised by a medical expert to do so, there is substantial evidence that reducing the amount of ‘bad’ saturated, trans and hydrogenated fats that we eat can lower our chances of developing ...