- Pasture fed Animal Fats are GOOD for Kids!
It takes tons of work to raise a healthy, happy and balanced human being – ask any frazzled parent. Here’s the good news: you have some important building blocks right in your kitchen! Today, we’re looking at the fun foods - animal fats.
Let’s be honest, you may have to get creative about how you serve kids leafy greens, but animal fats like butter, cheese and cream are easy. This is great because animal fats are vital for children. A few decades ago, fats like butter were considered unhealthy artery-blockers, but research has shown that dropping animal fats from your children’s diet can affect their immunity and both physical and mental development. Take a look at what these valuable fats provide.
Faces, immunity and straight teeth
Animal fats are rich in Vitamin A which your kids need for their facial development – including their dental palates! A wide and properly developed palate means straight teeth. It also helps their immune systems to fight against infections, improves their night vision and keeps the linings of noses and other body parts healthy. It’s important to note that stronger immunity means higher resistance to falling ill, and a quicker recovery time if a child does get sick.
Less empty snacking and sweets
Packing some animal fats like butter, eggs or cheese into breakfast and lunch keeps kids satisfied and gives a steady energy supply right through the day. In short, this means that there’s less cranky tiredness in the afternoon and the sweet aisle at your supermarket won’t turn into a deathly challenge!
Fertility and reproduction
Animal fats aren’t only important for little ones – if you want more children, then increasing your intake of animal fats like dairy products, will increase your chances of falling pregnant. Also, babies born to women who eat full-fat cheese during their pregnancies often have better dental health – probably due to a combination of fat and calcium. So, eat some cheese!
Saturated fat has many roles
From major organs (like the lungs, heart, brain and kidneys) down to every cell, your body needs saturated fat to work properly. A balanced intake of animal fats assists hormone production and helps to protect against inflammation, which means protection from chronic disease like cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease. So, there’s every good reason to give the kids boiled eggs, slices of cheese and full cream yoghurt as snacks. Why not join them?
Next time: some wholesome animal fat recipes to make at home
Source: Nourishing Fats: Why We Need Animal Fats for Health and Happiness by Sally Fallon Morell