Monday, May 30, 2016

5 Healthy Fats for Your Kids



Healthy fats are part of a balanced diet. Here are some healthy fats to include in your kid’s diet.

Avocados

The rich, creamy and silky textured avocados along with its nutty flavor, is one of the healthiest fruits around. These fruits are rich in monounsaturated fats and are highly beneficial for the growing kids.

They raise the healthy cholesterol levels and lower the baddies. These fruits contain healthy protein a must for the growing years. They are rich in vitamin K, potassium, and vitamin E which jumpstart the growth of kids.

You can use avocado as soup toppings, in salads, spread the avocado paste on the bread and make a healthy sandwich.

Coconut oil

Our very own coconuts, yes they can be called as superfoods. The coconuts have a unique combination of fatty acids which greatly enhance our health. These fats boost the brain function and help in fat loss.

Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are these beneficial fats. These fatty acids have potent medicinal properties. They are easy to digest and infuse cells with an immediate supply of energy. Perfect for the growing years, when kids will be actively involved in sports.

Extra virgin olive oil

Pressed from olives the incredible oil that comes out bubbles up with nutrition. It is highly beneficial for the healthy functioning of the heart. It contains significant amounts of antioxidants which protect the cells from damage.

Extra virgin olive oil helps to improve memory and cognitive function. You can fry fish, potato chips, chicken and any cooked food your kids love with this oil. You can drizzle it on salads to add extra flavor.

Omega 3 fatty acids

The body cannot produce this nutrient, and so we have to rely on food sources. These fats are essential for the overall health. If you want to maximize your kid’s intellectual potential, then omega three fats are your answer.

A research study found that low levels of DHA resulted in a severe memory retention, reading skills and problem behavior in school age children. The EPA and DHA components of these acids increase neuronal growth and cerebral circulation.

Include lots of fish in your kids’ diet. Fish oil supplements can also be used to enhance the health quotient. Chia seeds and flax seeds are good sources of these oils.

Butter

Butter preferably from organic grass fed sources is perfect for your kids’ health. Butter contains omega 6 and omega three fatty acids, which boosts brain health. It is also good for the skin. It also contains selenium a powerful antioxidant. It is always wise to use butter in moderation.

Take care
Swarnam