There are some foods you should limit giving your child age 1 to 4, and others you should avoid.
Limit the amounts of fats, spreads and oils in your child's diet. Also limit the amounts of some frozen foods, and avoid takeaways.
Fats, spreads and oils
Your child will get essential fats from only small amounts of fats, spreads and oils. Too much can be bad for their health.
Examples of a small amount:
- 1 teaspoon of spread on bread
- half teaspoon of oil in cooking
Always cook with as little fat or oil as possible.
Avoid frying food
Avoid frying food for your child. Try to oven-bake, steam, boil, grill or air-fry foods instead.
Types of spread to use
Choose a spread high in monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat.
These include oils such as:
Limit mayonnaise, coleslaw and salad dressings
Limit mayonnaise, coleslaw and salad dressings as they also contain oil.
Limit some frozen and processed foods
Frozen foods such as pizza, chicken nuggets, burgers or chips can be high in fat and salt. If you do offer any of these, only give 1 of them once a week.
Avoid processed meat like ham or bacon. If you do offer these, you should also limit them to a small amount once a week.
Limit treat foods
Your child should not have food and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt as part of their daily diet.
- fizzy drinks
They spoil your child’s appetite for more nutritious food.
Foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt can be linked to weight gain in children.
Sugary foods and drinks can harm your child’s teeth.
Takeaways can be high in fat and salt. They should not be part of your child’s diet.