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Fats, spreads and oils

Fats, spreads and oils provide essential fats in your child’s diet but should be used in very small amounts.

Choose mono or poly-unsaturated spreads and rapeseed, olive, canola, sunflower or corn oils when cooking. Frying foods is not recommended for young children.

What is a small amount?

  • 1 teaspoon of spread on bread
  • ½ teaspoon oil in cooking.

Healthy eating tips

  • Always cook with as little fat or oil as possible.
  • Try to grill, oven-bake, steam, boil or stir-fry.

Check out the fats shelf fact sheet

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