As a mum, we are always concerned about everything in our child’s life, about health, learning, play, food and diet. If you are a mum with a question ” What is a healthy diet for kids?”, then you will find this article useful for sure, because here we are going to discuss about milk and dairy products and their health benefits for our child’s health and growth. So, let’s start…:)
“Milk help our little kids grow taller and stronger.”
Now lovely mums, let’s have a look, how milk helps our little kiddies grow stronger and taller as well as healthier.
Milkis a really a wholesome food that we all should include in our daily diet regimen. It is a best source of nutritional goodness, so, let’s see start looking at its nutritional values. It contains a following minerals which are very crucial for leading a normal healthy life.
Calcium: Calcium is the basic building block for having strong and healthy bones. It regulates growth in height, not only this it also plays an important role in proper functioning of muscles, digestive system and our nerves.
Potassium: Helps maintaining normal blood pressure, nerve and muscle functions.
Phosphorus: Phosphorus is also a basic and important nutrient for healthy bone and teeth and not only this, it is also responsible for regulating normal Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) of our child.
Iodine: Milk is also good for getting iodine which is responsible for regulating thyroid hormones which regulates out vital body functions like breathing, nerve function, heart rate, muscle strength, body weight and energy metabolism and much much more.
Apart from all above minerals, Milk also contains following nutrients..:)
Vitamins: Milk is a good source of Vitamin B like Riboflavin which is responsible for release of energy from the food we consume, it is also important for our healthy blood cells, immunity and eye sight. Apart from this, milk also contains Vitamin B 12 which is responsible for child’s growth, nervous and physiological functions and keeps our little kiddie full of energy.
Milk Proteins: Milk especially cow’a milk is really rich in essential amino acids and proteins which helps our child in building strength in muscles and also helps in performing all biological functions of our body.
Why Vitamin D is important for our bones?
When we talk about milk and dairy products, the first thing came in our mind is calcium and strong bones and when we talk about calcium and strong bones the first thing than clicks in our mind is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is very important for maintaining health and strength of bones and also helps in proper absorption of calcium. Hence, Vitamin D is very important for Bones health and its density in order to live a healthy life and avoid fractures in case of falls and accidents.
Source of Vitamin D: Sunlight, fortified food and supplements.
Source of Calcium apart from milk: Dairy products like yogurt, milk shake, cheese and butter. Other than dairy products, good source of calcium are Soya beans, Soya milk, nuts, tofu, broccoli, cabbage and other leafy greens and calcium fortified flour and bread.
I hope, you all find this article really helpful. Milk is such am important food for our growing kids. Kids sometime doesn’t show any interest in drinking milk, in that case we can give then in different forms like with cereals and oats, milk shakes, yogurts and smoothies. You all are more than welcome to share your ideas about including milk and dairy in your child’s diet, what else could be better than learning from one another about our experiences and ideas. About how much milk our kiddies should drink, please watch this video..:)