Health Tip: Heart-Healthy Diet Should Start in Infancy

Here's what the American Heart Association recommends

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(HealthDay News) -- It's never too early to begin a heart-healthy diet -- even in infancy, the American Heart Association says.

Here are the AHA's recommendations:

  • Breast-feeding offers babies the right nutritional balance until between 4 months and 6 months of age, when other foods should gradually be introduced to supplement breast-feeding.
  • Avoid giving your baby 100 percent juice drinks until at least 6 months of age, then limit the amount to 4 ounces to 6 ounces per day.
  • Be careful not to give infants and young children too much food, and don't force them to eat everything on their plate.
  • Offer your child plenty of healthy foods. Even if the child isn't initially interested, continue to offer these foods.
  • Avoid offering unhealthy foods just to get your child to eat something.

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