Top 3 Nutrients Your Toddler May Be Lacking

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Are your kids getting enough of these 3 essential nutrients?

1. Vitamin E

Going low-fat may seem like the logical choice for you and your little one. However, consuming lower-fat versions of your favorite foods may do nothing more than reduce the Vitamin E content of these items.

Vitamin E works as an antioxidant and helps protect your toddler from any cell-damaging free radicals.

Food sources:

– Avocados
– Wheat germ
– Soybean, corn, canola, cottonseed, sunflower and wheat germ oils
– Sardines, herring
– Spinach, turnip and dandelion greens
– Broccoli, kiwi, tomato, mango

2. Iron

Your baby may be susceptible to iron deficiency if they drink too much milk. Not only does cow’s milk contain no iron, but it can also interfere with iron absorption from other food.

Iron is critical for developing your baby’s immune system and mental health system.

Food sources:
– Sardines, shrimp
– Meat
– Poultry
– Liver
– Fortified cereals
– Legumes
– Dark green or leafy vegetables (spinach, kale)

3. DHA

Research shows that toddlers aren’t getting enough DHA in their diets. The nutrient supports brain, eye, and nervous system development in babies, making it an important addition to your child’s diet.

Food sources:
– Flax
– Omega-3 enhanced food and formula
– Salmon and other Fish
– Peanut Butter
– Tofu
– Kale
– Soybeans

 

 

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