Food as Medicine | Nutrition for Your Kids - Healthy Fats & Breaskfast
Food as Medicine | Nutrition for Your Kids - Breakfast & Healthy Fats
Kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to be physically active — two great ways to help maintain a healthy weight.
Breakfast kick-starts the body's metabolism, the process by which the body converts the fuel in food to energy. And when the metabolism gets moving, the body starts burning calories.
Reach for the Fat
Fat is an essential part of your child's diet. It plays a vital role in developing their brains and helps them reach their maximum growth potential. Fat is used in the body as fuel and helps it absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
The brain is 60% fat - it's the fattiest part of your body. To function well, it needs to be fed well with fat! The brain uses dietary fat for cell membrane integrity, cell permeability, and building the brain at the structural level.
Healthy fats are a concentrated source of energy for the body
The body uses fat as a fuel source. Your body's fat stores are the stockpiles of energy in the body. Fat also has other essential functions in the body, and a moderate amount is needed in the diet for good health. Fats in food come in several forms, including saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated.
Fats can also help with satiation after eating; in other words, a meal with fat will be more filling and satisfying than a meal without it.