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Health Tip: Limit Fat, Sugar and Salt in Your Child's Diet

(HealthDay News) -- Childhood is the perfect time to start healthy eating habits, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

While children need fat in their diets to get the daily energy they need, too much fat can lead to health problems, especially if it's in the form of saturated fat that can lead to heart disease later in life.

Children should be offered healthier fats, such as those found in poultry, fish, lean meats and low-fat dairy products. The academy says fats should make up less than 30 percent of calories in your child's diet, with no more than one-third coming from saturated fats.

When it comes to salt, it's a leading cause of high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. The academy suggests using spices in place of salt to add flavor to your child's food. Also, avoid processed foods, which typically contain a lot of salt.

Your child also shouldn't eat too much sugar, which can lead to weight gain and tooth decay, the academy warns.

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