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Heart-healthy changes for your child's diet:

If your child is trying to make heart-healthy changes to his/her lifestyle and diet, it is helpful to know some basics about nutrition, starting with the components of food.

Facts about calories:

Facts about dietary cholesterol:

Types of fats:

Fatty acids are the basic chemical units in fat. They may be saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, or trans fats. These fatty acids differ in their chemical compositions and structures, and in the way in which they affect your blood cholesterol levels, according to the following:

Total fat intake should be no more than 30 percent of your daily calorie intake.

Facts about fats:

Facts about fiber:

Facts about sodium:

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