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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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35. Meaty issues

Red meat has had a bad press over the last few years – but don’t rule it out of your child’s diet. It’s a great source of important nutrients.

The best dietary source of easily absorbable iron and an excellent source of protein, B vitamins and other minerals, red meat can also be much lower in saturated fat than you might think.

Iron deficiency anaemia is quite common in some groups of young children such as those who are not receiving a good supply of iron from solid foods (other good sources of iron include fortified whole grain cereals and breads, lentils, beans and dried apricots) and those who are given cows’ milk as a main drink too early (before 12 months). Iron deficiency can lead to frequent infections, poor weight ...

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