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#61 of 73 Old 12-19-2009, 05:46 AM
 
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Yep...we eat fried foods, and our little one wants whatever we are having. We don't buy chips, pop, etc (unless its movie night) so I don't get upset when we go out to eat. I buy a lot of fruit and veggies week to week and serve them for snack etc. As I am breastfeeding and raising a 2 year old & 3month old I try to model a healthy lifestyle at home, setting an example for the 2 year old. I say its working pretty good...she goes to the fridge, grabs a yogurt, and goes and sits down
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No. We don't eat fried food either for health reasons.

Not sure how you can deep fry something and not have it create a transfat.
Plus, the oil used in the fryers is disgusting, imo.
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No way!! No soda or fried food!!
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Not that often - but it's not because I'm concerned about the fat per se. We use lots of fat/butter/oil in our cooking.

I just hate to fry anything - it seems like a waste of oil to dump it after, and a pain to clean up, and then the house smells like the oil.

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To the OP: YES! Jack eats what we eat. I do a lot of pan-frying and sauteing at home. He eats fried eggs almost every morning and enjoys the occasional french fry when we're out as well.

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I am doing work with Nestlé and their most recent FITS survey found that 75% of preschoolers are getting too much saturated fat. This could be because toddlers are picky about what they eat. Do you consider saturated fats when choosing what to feed your little ones?
My own common sense tells me it's not the quantity of the fats, it's the quality. I think it would be foolish to put my developing child on a low fat diet, but it would also be foolish to let my son consume a lot of vegetable-based oils and refined starches and sugars. His favorite thing to eat is steamed broccoli and green beans, which I always generously butter with good quality, grass-fed butter.


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No. We don't eat fried food either for health reasons.

Not sure how you can deep fry something and not have it create a transfat.
Plus, the oil used in the fryers is disgusting, imo.
It's called beef tallow and it's yummy. That being said, I don't deep fry at home because it's too messy and wasteful for the very occasional times I would use it.

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Yes. Everything in moderation.
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No. We don't make fried food at home.

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Not sure how you can deep fry something and not have it create a transfat.
Plus, the oil used in the fryers is disgusting, imo.
I don't think that's true, about the trans fats. A trans fat is by definition an unsaturated fat. So if I'm frying something in tallow or lard, it's not going to somehow "become" a trans fat.

I think you may be referring to the formation of free radicals, which can happen to oils when heated to very high temperatures. That is a good reason to choose fats for deep frying that are more stable at high temperatures.

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Nearly all fried foods are hydrogenated.
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Yes. I very rarely deep fry (I've made churros twice.. that's about it!) but occasionally shallow-fry wedges, pan-fry fish and so on. I'm moving towards TF principles, so try to use butter, ghee or dripping for frying.

On the rare occasion we get fries in town, she can have some.

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Nearly all fried foods are hydrogenated.
Not if I fry them myself.

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Yes. I very rarely deep fry (I've made churros twice.. that's about it!) but occasionally shallow-fry wedges, pan-fry fish and so on. I'm moving towards TF principles, so try to use butter, ghee or dripping for frying.

On the rare occasion we get fries in town, she can have some.
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Yup.

DD likes a wide variety of foods and I don't mind that some of it is fried. She actually prefers grilled chicken to fried so I'll choose that for her if we're out but other things that are fried I'll share with her. She really likes calamari. She loves french fries. I try to limit her to a few.

At home I never deep fry (too much trouble) and occasionally pan fry something like Southern Fried Chicken.

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