Quality Over Quantity Protein
Nutrition is especially important during a kid's early years. But this is actually a balancing act and not a "more is better" scenario. While there are different nutrients that provide sustenance for the body, some are more essential than others when it comes to growth and development.
Recently, the hot topic has been protein, which has been dubbed the building block of life because of its role in the development of a child's body and brain.
How much protein should parents give to their kids?
The right amount of protein actually differs as a child grows. Dietary protein for growth and development is crucial between birth and weaning. That's why parents have to make sure their kids get enough protein early in their life. But remember, it's a balancing act. It's not about giving your child as much protein as you can. It's about giving him the right protein in the right amount.
In fact, too much protein intake during the first 6 months of life has been shown to contribute to the increasing risk for obesity and an obese child is prone to other health problems like hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.
Current studies show that a lot of parents feed their kids way too much protein early in life. This is despite evidence that low protein concentration in a child's diet is just fine as long as there's enough of each amino acid present to support growth and nutrition.
Since young children should be taking lower quantities of protein, parents now have to balance this out by giving their young ones quality digestible protein. So when it comes to protein, parents should achieve the balance of quality and quantity to give their kids the optimum level of nutrition.
- Dupont, C. Protein requirements during the first year of life. Am J ClinNutr 2003: 77 (suppl):1544S-9S