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YOUNG CHILDREN NEED MORE CALCIUM, LESS FAT -- HEALTH DILEMMA NOW HAS HAPPY SOLUTION

 YOUNG CHILDREN NEED MORE CALCIUM, LESS FAT --
 HEALTH DILEMMA NOW HAS HAPPY SOLUTION
 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- How can parents stay on top of new research on children's health needs and get kids to eat the food they know is good for them? That's a big question for today's concerned parents.
 Two medical studies in particular point up the difficulty. On one hand, recent research by the National Institute on Aging found strong benefits in boosting calcium intake for children as young as 10 years of age to prevent later problems with osteoporosis. The report concluded that "the amount of calcium we eat in childhood can affect our risk of bone fractures many, many decades later."
 On the other hand, pediatricians have been saying that by the time a child passes the age of 2, fat intake should be kept down to no more than 30 percent of daily calories -- the same as for adults.
 Among the foods highest in calcium is cheese, and it's a favorite of children in a variety of snacks and main-dish meals. But most cheese is also known to be high in fat.
 That's one reason why the makers of Lifetime Fat-Free Cheeses added a high-calcium feature to their product and combined this fat- free, high-calcium appeal with the kind of "melt-ability" that fat- free cheeses don't usually offer. Since kids love melted cheese in such dishes as cheeseburgers and macaroni 'n' cheese, this rare combination of benefits should be a welcome food opportunity for health-conscious parents.
 One ounce of Lifetime Fat-Free Cheeses provides 40 percent of the daily RDA for calcium, compared with only 15 percent in processed cheeses. With back-to-school time now in full swing, parents may want to include a Lifetime Fat-Free Cheese Stick as part of a daily brown-bag snack.
 Of Lifetime's six Fat-Free flavors that are available in 8-ounce bars at supermarkets and natural health food stores -- Cheddar, Swiss, Mild Mexican, Sharp Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Garden Vegetable -- the first three are also available as Cheese Sticks.
 Here are two "hot" recipes kids are sure to love.
 Fast, Easy & Guilt-Free Pizza
 Ingredients:
 1 12-in lite pizza crust
 1 cup spaghetti sauce
 8-ounce Lifetime Mozzarella Cheese, grated
 1-2 carrots, grated
 green or red pepper rings
 sliced mushrooms
 chopped green onions
 Directions: Place crust on cookie sheet which has been lined with foil and spray with vegetable oil mist. Spread sauce over crust. Arrange vegetables on top of sauce then cover with cheese. Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are done and cheese is melted. Cut into 8 pieces.
 Nutritional Analysis (per slice):
 Calories 130
 Protein 10 grams
 Fat 2.5 grams
 Carbohydrates 16 grams
 Cholesterol 7 milligrams
 Sodium 175 milligrams
 Percent calories fat 17 percent
 Cheesy Macaroni
 Ingredients:
 1 7-ounce package elbow macaroni
 1 9-ounce can low-sodium tomato sauce
 1/2 cup onion, chopped
 1 tomato, chopped
 8-ounce Lifetime Fat Free(TM) Cheese, shredded
 Directions: Cook macaroni according to package directions. Saute onion and tomato in tomato sauce, place macaroni in large saucepan, add sauce and cheese. Cook on low heat until cheese is melted. Serve.
 Nutritional Analysis (per serving):
 Calories 285
 Protein 23 grams
 Fat 1.58 grams
 Carbohydrates 45 grams
 Cholesterol 3 milligrams
 Sodium 425 milligrams
 Percent calories fat 5 percent
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 /CONTACT: Jone Chappell of Lifeline Food, 408-899-5040/ CO: Lifeline Food Co. Inc. ST: California IN: FOD SU:


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