Low-fat diets for children: practicality and safety

Am J Cardiol. 1998 Nov 26;82(10B):77T-79T. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(98)00747-4.


Despite our knowledge that atherogenesis begins in childhood and is attributable to dietary fat, pediatricians and dietitians generally frown on low-fat diets for children. It is the responsibility of clinicians to dispel the myths that make this conventional wisdom persist and encourage the adoption of a plant-based, low-fat diet. The consumption of adequate calories derived from plant-based foods will provide adequate minerals, protein, and calcium.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Child, Preschool
  • Coronary Disease / diet therapy
  • Coronary Disease / prevention & control*
  • Diet, Fat-Restricted*
  • Humans
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Taste