Find out why these foods are good for us and bust some health food myths
1. Low fat is the healthy choice. All the low-fat label really means is it’s 30% lower in fat than the standard equivalent. So if it’s a doughnut, the low-fat version could still be high in fat.
2. Eating less is healthy. Balance is key to a healthy diet. This means eating a wide variety, in the right proportions.
3. All fat is the same. It’s a good idea to limit the total amount of fat you eat, and swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats. Saturated fat, found in foods like pies, cheese and butter, can raise cholesterol, but unsaturated fat in oily fish, sunflower and olive oils, and can help reduce cholesterol.
1. Get your children to explore food by asking them to kiss, lick or crunch it, and try games such as who can crunch their celery the loudest.
2. When shopping, explain where the food comes from, and let them help you cook it, introducing star charts for eating five a day.
3. Help them explore the different textures of foods by using a juicer, blender, grater, ricer or masher.
Check out our fussy eating section for more information on tackling your fussy eaters.
Health conscious mums who hesitate at the price of superfoods such as fresh blueberries and goji berries, now have an economical alternative. US boffins are hailing black rice as the new dietary saviour as it’s equally high in antioxidants as its superfood predecessors. Find it in health food shops and delis.
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