Health Matters: Put Fat on the Shopping List

Mae is in the studio with Dr. Beverly Yates (naturopathic physician and author) discussing putting healthy fats in your kid's diets.

"Want your students to perform better in school? Feed them more fat!

Yes, you read that right! Believe it or not, our brains are composed of about 60% fat. So it should come as no surprise that our brains need healthy fats to function properly. Good nutrition is key to maintaining a healthy brain. Studies show that nutrition affects brain development and function throughout our entire lives. The American Academy of Pediatrics says fat is an essential nutrient for children. It provides energy for growth and play, and should not be severely restricted. As a general guidelines, fat should make up about 30% of the calories in your child's diet.

Dr. Yates says so many people are confused about what the right types of fats to eat are, and what foods they are found in."