According to The Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS,) children ages 24-48 months are mirroring the unhealthy eating patterns often seen in older children and adults—too few fruits and vegetables, too little fiber, potassium, vitamin E, and too much saturated fat and sodium. Since toddlers need help with exploring new foods and choosing nutritious foods for healthy growth and development, setting a good example of a healthy diet is paramount. That means providing a variety of nutritious foods for the whole family at meal and snack times.
• Almost a third of the surveyed young children aged 24-48 months didn't eat a single serving of vegetables in a day—and when they did, French fries were their first choice. A young child's diet should include a variety of fruits and vegetables, with an emphasis on nutrient-rich, dark-green leafy and deep-yellow vegetables and colorful fruits.
• On a given day, 75% of young children aged 24-48 months are consuming too much saturated fat. Be sure to limit the amount of cheese and butter your child eats, serve lean meats, and choose dairy foods made with lowfat or fat free milk.
• More than half of growing toddlers (age two- to three- years) aren't getting the required amount of vitamin E on a given day. Foods that have vitamin E include healthy oils (such as soy or canola), avocados, and whole grains.
• Virtually no young children aged 24-48 months are meeting the recommended intake of 19 grams of fiber on a given day. Fiber is important for healthy digestion. Fiber is found in nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans.
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