A recently published study, "Nutrient Intakes by Young Children in a Prospective Randomized Trial of a Low—Saturated Fat, Low-Cholesterol Diet: The STRIP Baby Proj ect"1 suggested in its conclusion that it was easy to provide nutritionally safe low-fat diets to infants and toddlers. Although it may be possible to provide a low-fat diet, it is not easy or necessarily safe. In addition, there is a big difference between feasibility and desirability.
This study showed that under closely controlled conditions, it is feasible to design and implement a diet for young children that is reasonably safe. The energy "lost" by consuming the low-fat diet must have been replaced by complex carbohydrates. The report of the Joint Working Group of the Canadian Pediatric Society and Health and Welfare Canada2 said exactly that in 1993. It stated, "in the presence of adequate energy intake and an appropriate mix of foods, there
Zlotkin S. Nutrient Intakes by Young Children in a Prospective Randomized Trial of a Low—Saturated Fat, Low-Cholesterol Diet. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(9):962-963. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170460100026