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Dietary Recommendations for Children: A Recipe for Future Heart Disease? – Part 6

Monday, October 2, 2023 7:06 PM


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Other Dangers 

One of the chief dangers of the US Dietary Guidelines is that they encourage parents to use substitutes for natural saturated fats, such as margarine and shortening. These manufactured fats are composed of partially hydrogenated vegetables oils, high in trans fatty acids. These are particularly dangerous for growing children as they can interfere with growth and the development of the nervous system and affect sexual maturation and fertility. They can also cause cancer and heart disease.


When it comes to feeding their children, parents should “just say no!” to the government’s dietary guidelines. Children need a diet rich in traditional fats in order to achieve optimum growth and development, as well as protection from heart disease later in life.

JOCELYNE’S NOTE: Keep in mind that if you eat out and your children are eating fried foods, like chicken nuggets, French fries, or even just simple fried eggs, or a hamburger, they are getting the margarine or vegetable oils which are trans fats. We are speaking of children’s nutritional needs, but these trans fats are not any better for you the adult. BUT it is even more important while a child is developing and growing a body.