Low fat high calorie foods are a request I get often from parents. Although they do exist, keep in mind 1 gram of fat has 9 calories, while 1 gram of carbohydrate or protein only has 4. This means in order to get foods high in carbs or protein but low in fat and high in calories, chances are the serving size is going to be larger than the serving size of a high fat food.
It’s also important to understand fat and cholesterol are needed in children under 2 to help their brain grow and develop normally. Many parents fear that giving their children foods high in fat will encourage high cholesterol, triglycerides and the other many health problems associated with a high fat diet.
If your child has a feeding problem and needs to gain weight, there is a gentle balance that must occur between choosing healthy foods and those that will promote weight gain.
If your child does not have a diagnosis that requires a low fat diet, check out our healthy high calorie foods list. This list is best if your child does not have health issues that warrant a low fat diet but you want to keep your child as healthy as possible without giving them foods high in saturated fat and sugar.
If he will not accept these foods and he still needs to gain weight, our calorie boosters article is a good one to look at.
If, however, your child does need to follow a low fat diet, this list of low fat high calorie foods is a good starting point. Keep in mind that many low fat high calorie foods are very high in sugar and are not necessarily recommended unless you are truly desperate to get your child to gain weight without added fat.