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iVillage.com: The 14 Worst Kids' Foods: Are They in Your Kitchen?

Cheese

Cheese is an excellent source of calcium and protein and it's oh so delicious, but watch your child's portion sizes. Just one slice of cheese can contain over 100 calories and 10 grams of fat, so having more than that for a snack on a regular basis -- never mind smothering your child's veggies or pasta in it -- can add up quickly. The daily recommended amount for dairy is 2 cups for a child ages 2 to 3 and 2-1/2 cups for a child ages 4 to 8. Just 1-1/2 ounces of cheese counts as 1 cup of the recommended amount of dairy -- that's the size of a your index and middle finger. Try to buy lowfat cheese and keep an eye on portion size. If your child is tipping the scales too high, limiting cheese can be a way to keep fat grams in check. As with so many aspects of your kid's diet, moderation is key.

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