For your toddler’s sources of healthy fats, consider avocado, nuts, and seeds. Also, please remember that your method of meal preparation and cooking oil can influence their fat intake as well.
Raw and minimally-cooked eggs
Raw and minimally-cooked eggs may have bacteria like salmonella that can cause food poisoning.
Keeping this in mind, avoid serving your toddler foods that contain raw eggs such as homemade mayonnaise and raw cake batter. Cook eggs until both the egg white and yolk are solid.
Some kinds of fish
Did you know that some kinds of fish have high levels of mercury that can negatively affect your toddler’s development? Examples of fish that may have high mercurial content are swordfish and marlin. Learn more about low-mercury seafood here in the Philippines, here.
Some kinds of cheese
Cheese can be a good part of your toddler’s diet because it’s packed with protein, calcium, and vitamins. However, some kinds of cheese, especially those mold-ripened and made from unpasteurized milk, can cause listeria infection, which can lead to headache, fever, convulsions, and stiff neck.
For this reason, foods like brie and camembert are included in foods that toddlers should not eat. On the other hand, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese are generally okay.
Serving a variety of foods to your little one is crucial for their growth and development. However, we should avoid giving toddlers foods that increase choking risk and those that can trigger health problems later on.
Learn more about Toddler Nutrition here.