- Whole grains contain fiber, vitamin E, and healthy fats that help to keep your blood sugar steady, your arteries clear, and your stools soft and regular.
- Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and fiber. A diet high in fruits and vegetables can help kids grow and fight illness. It also protects against heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and possibly, some cancers. The fiber and water in fruits and vegetables help you to feel full and to avoid overeating.
- Eating foods rich in plant and fish oils, and low in fats from animal sources (saturate fat) and trans fat, reduces the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, both of which can begin developing during childhood. Making simple changes in your food habits can make a big difference for health.
- Breast milk is more easily digested than formula. This translates to fewer episodes of spitting up, diarrhea, and fussiness. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend exclusive breast feeding for six months and continuing to breast feed until at least 1 year of age, and then for as long as mutually desired.
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