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#1 Monica

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 08:50 AM

I have no intention of swapping Nina to low fat products but someone at work just made a comment about giving her just over 2yo lite white milk.

What are the guidelines about this?
I know I have read somewhere that over 2 it is fine to swap but is this only for kids on the heavier side?

I'm just interested to start a conversation about this topic and get other people's experiences/ideas.
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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:23 AM

I read that you can switch over to low fat at 2 years of age. It's really to reduce their saturated fat intake.

DS is over 2 but I still give him full fat milk by choice. I figure it was fine for us as kids so it's fine for him, plus his diet has very little saturated fat to start with (besides butter on his morning toast).
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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:33 AM

I don't really have any intention to switch Will over. I drink full-cream milk (I'm lactose intolerant, and surprisingly, the fat in full cream milk breaks down the lactose better than other milks. Full cream makes me less sick) and I drank full cream growing up.

For us, I don't think it will be an actual conscious choice to switch to low-fat, just maybe eventually we'd start giving it to him because that's what in the fridge?

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:42 AM

QUOTE(crisis @ Jan 24 2011, 09:23 AM) View Post

I read that you can switch over to low fat at 2 years of age. It's really to reduce their saturated fat intake.

DS is over 2 but I still give him full fat milk by choice. I figure it was fine for us as kids so it's fine for him, plus his diet has very little saturated fat to start with (besides butter on his morning toast).

I agree with Crisis word for word.

Although Ri isn't on dairy when he is (fingers crossed soon) I will probably do a mixture of both low fat and normal. Last blood test he had low cholestrol so at first it wont be a concern but I think moderation is important.

QUOTE(***Amy*** @ Jan 24 2011, 09:33 AM) View Post

I don't really have any intention to switch Will over. I drink full-cream milk (I'm lactose intolerant, and surprisingly, the fat in full cream milk breaks down the lactose better than other milks. Full cream makes me less sick) and I drank full cream growing up.

For us, I don't think it will be an actual conscious choice to switch to low-fat, just maybe eventually we'd start giving it to him because that's what in the fridge?

Interesting about lactose and full cream. We have started introducing Ri to dairy again and going low lactose to start with (we aren't sure if its the protiens, lactose or neither upsetting him). So far everything I have read hasn't said there is a difference in lactose levels between low fat and regular, so its interesting to hear about the fat breaking lactose down better. Thanks for that I'll keep that in mind.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:45 AM

QUOTE(***Amy*** @ Jan 24 2011, 10:33 AM) View Post

I don't really have any intention to switch Will over. I drink full-cream milk (I'm lactose intolerant, and surprisingly, the fat in full cream milk breaks down the lactose better than other milks. Full cream makes me less sick) and I drank full cream growing up.

For us, I don't think it will be an actual conscious choice to switch to low-fat, just maybe eventually we'd start giving it to him because that's what in the fridge?


This is what got me thinking about it.

I'm on WW so am buying low fat everything but still buying full-fat for Nina (the only thing she will be having low fat is yoghurt as it's easiyo, I'm not making two batches and she has a minimal amount on her weetbix anyway) and the cost is horrendous - still though, I want her to eat full-fat for as long as possible, god knows her diet is lacking in other areas rolleyes.gif

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 09:55 AM

I've been giving the boys a few low fat dairy products for a while, simply because that's what we have. They eat reduced fat cheese, yoghurt and cream cheese but drink full fat milk. I just don't want the added expense of two sets of everything.

I was under the impression that low fat after two is for everyone, not just heavier kids though.
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Posted 24 January 2011 - 10:12 AM

QUOTE(ClaireBear @ Jan 24 2011, 10:55 AM) View Post

I've been giving the boys a few low fat dairy products for a while, simply because that's what we have. They eat reduced fat cheese, yoghurt and cream cheese but drink full fat milk. I just don't want the added expense of two sets of everything.

I was under the impression that low fat after two is for everyone, not just heavier kids though.


It totally could be Claire, my comment was based on no knowledge

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 10:34 AM

Nathan drinks all kinds. When we go to peoples houses for dinner, he always has milk with his tea so if they don't have regular, he just drinks what they have. My mum and inlaws both buy REV and he drinks it fine but if they had the full fat option, I would always choose that. It they have only skinny though, I will just give him water.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 11:05 AM

Cait has low fat stuff mainly as that's what I buy for us. It has pretty much the same calcium and I'm sure she gets plenty of good fats from the rest of her diet so I don't think its causing any concern.

I usually buy full fat yoghurt though (as that's the yummiest!) and some full fat cheeses but low fat milk, cream, cottage/philly cheese etc.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 04:23 PM

We still give our daughter full fat milk and other dairy products but this thread has prompted me to do some research (I also remember, vaguely the guideline to switch at 2 and we've just reached that age).I found this page that makes reference to the recommendation to switch...

It specifically says (my bold):

Children and adolescents should be encouraged to:
*Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits
*Eat plenty of cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), preferably wholegrain
*Include lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives
*Include milks, yoghurts, cheese and/or alternatives. Reduced-fat milks are not suitable for young children under 2 years, because of their high energy needs, but reduced-fat varieties should be encouraged for older children and adolescents
*Choose water as a drink. Alcohol is not recommended for children

I also had a read of the Dairy Section in the full feeding guidelines (also available on the Health.gov.au site) and the only change I am thinking about making is reducing the amount of full fat cheese she currently has. From a saturated fat perspective the guidelines suggest that you should either give low fat cheese or restrict serves to no more than 3-4 times a week. My daughter loves cheese so we might explore some lower fat alternatives for this.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 05:44 AM

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 05:45 AM

Sophie has been eating low fat cheese and yoghurt for about 12 months.. She still has full cream milk though.. No adverse reactions, and certainly no weight loss or anything!!! hehe

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 05:51 AM

I asked my GP about it just before Aidan turned 2 - she said to keep him on full fat products for a while yet as he is a very tall skinny child with a very high metabolism...he basically needs all the calories he can get (without resorting to junk)! She said that if he was on the heavier end, definately change over now. We'll review and maybe change him in a year or 2. DH and I drink reduced fat milk and other products.
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Posted 25 January 2011 - 05:52 AM

I'll be changing Daniel's cheese to low fat (the same one as us) when he's two. I'll also change his milk to lite white so he'll still get all the goodness but not so much saturated fat. His yoghurt I'll keep as full fat. Daniel is a very healthy weight though so Im not concerned about that. If my toddler was on the smaller side I'd stick with all full fat no question. I think you can just use your instincts.
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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:46 AM

Thanks for doing the research Kookies - I'll be switching her to low-fat cheese now as that's what we are eating - I spent over $15 on cheese last week buying both!

I am drinking skim milk atm so will continue to buy Nina full fat.

Carrie - yeah, Nina is a tall skinny mini hence why I didn't want to change her diet too much BUTY in saying that, outside appearance isn't always indicative of what's happening on the inside - she could certainly use a little less saturated fat
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