Today’s children are reluctant to drink milk. You may not even remember the last time your child came to you asking for a glass of milk. Analysis proves that less than 50 percent of children between 2 to 8 years and only 25 percent of kids aged between 9 to 19 years drink the recommended amount of milk daily. Milk and dairy products are the primary source of calcium. Calcium is essential to build strong bones, help muscles contract and transmit nerve impulses. Dietary associations have reported that children who miss out on their required dairy consumption rates barely meet the required calcium levels. Individuals allergic/not able to consume dairy can look for dairy alternatives at www.firsteatright.com.
Milk is the fountainhead of high-quality protein with every glass providing more protein than a large egg. Other than calcium, milk supplies us with eight other essential nutrients including vitamin D and potassium, which are deficient in many kids.
The optimal milk intake levels include:
Be sure to choose low-fat options like 1 percent or non-fat milk. These provide all the nutrients of 2% or whole milk with a fraction of the total and saturated fat which is healthier for the kid’s heart and lower in calories. Sounds like a tall order? Try these tips:
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.