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Posted by: | 2019/07/19

Cheese for an eight year old

What about feta cheese as a snack and in salad - or should I rather use cheddar and gouda?

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- 2019/08/24

Thank you for your question.

Cheese can be part of a healthy, balanced diet for a child however it is important to remember that although it is a good source of protein and calcium it is also high in other components, such as salt (sodium) and saturated fat,  which can have a detrimental effect on health.  For this reason, it should not be included too often or in large quantities.

Cheddar, gouda and feta are all quite similar in terms of their nutritional composition.  Feta is slightly lower in fat and kilojoules but slightly higher in sodium and so should still be eaten in moderation.

There is no specific guideline in terms of how much and how often an 8 year old child should eat cheese.  It is best to ensure that a variety of other healthy protein-rich foods are also included to avoid over-consumption of cheese, for example lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs, legumes and dairy products. These should be eaten in the context of an overall nourishing diet which also includes whole grains and high fibre starches, fruit, vegetables and healthy fats.

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