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Health Benefits of Dairy Products for Kids

Health Benefits of Dairy Products for Kids

It is very important to include dairy products in children's diets as they provide a lot of health benefits. Learn about the immense health benefits which children can reap by consuming dairy products.

Dairy foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, buttermilk, cream, etc. are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin B12, and other essential nutrients. Yogurt is said to have more nutritional benefits than milk. It is prepared by fermentation of milk. Dairy foods are essential for the good health of kids and they form an important part of a completely balanced diet. A good amount of dairy products should be included in the diet of a kid. Read on to know more about the health benefits of dairy products for kids.

Healthy Bones

Calcium and phosphorous increase bone density and mass. Milk and dairy products are rich in calcium and they should be given in adequate quantity to children for healthy development and maintenance of strong bones. Also, regular consumption of dairy products prevents the children from getting diseases like osteoporosis, which makes the bone brittle and weak at a later stage of their lives.

Good Teeth

Good Teeth

Dairy products are good for maintaining healthy and good teeth.  Casein is a protein, which is found in abundance in milk and which is good for preventing tooth decay. Milk can be given to kids between meals. Calcium, present in yogurt, milk, cheese, and other dairy products, helps in preventing gum diseases.

Prevents Dehydration

Prevents Dehydration

A child can get dehydrated due to some illness or excessive sweating. Fluids in the form of milk keep your kids hydrated. Apart from re-hydrating the body, milk provides instant energy. Sodium and potassium present in milk restore the fluid balance in the body effectively. Buttermilk with a pinch of salt is a good rehydration drink and very good for children, especially in very hot weather.

Controlling Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can affect young kids too, which can damage the heart, blood vessels, and other organs of their bodies. Potassium-rich food is required for controlling blood pressure. Milk, yogurt, and other dairy products provide potassium, which is required for controlling high blood pressure. Bioactive peptides are a type of protein found in milk and they help controlling blood pressure.

Prevents Obesity in Children

Prevents Obesity in Children

Obesity can lead to heart disease. Obesity in children is one of the main health concerns nowadays, which is increasing at an alarming rate. Globally, it is found that one out of 10 school-going children is obese.  It can, however, be controlled by the proper intake of a sufficient quantity of dairy foods. It is a wrong belief that dairy food makes a child fat.  Calcium present in dairy food helps in breaking down body fat. Children who drink flavoured milk are less attracted to other sweetened drinks.

Stay Healthy the Dairy Way

Dairy products take care of the normal growth and development of your child. Children grow quickly and they need a liberal serving of dairy food regularly. During the early stages of childhood when their bones and teeth are developing, it is very essential to give them plenty of calcium-rich food. Milk is the best source of calcium. Till the age of 10 years, your children require calcium in adequate quantity.

For children who do not like milk or are lactose-intolerant, you may substitute with soy milk or buttermilk. You may try giving your children, chocolate milk, or other flavoured milk. Most children love cheese. Various forms of cheese in different flavours are easily available in the market.  You can make different types of snacks with cheese or even cheese sandwiches, which your children will love. Enjoy the benefits of dairy food with your children.

Why is it necessary to include dairy products in the diet of kids? Which dairy products should be included in the diet of kids? What are the ill-effects of overeating dairy products? Discuss here.

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Smriti.6 years ago
My child haves only one cup of milk a day. Is that much enough for him?
Latika.6 years ago
Are dairy products like ghee and butter good for kids?
Sonia.6 years ago
It is very essential to include dairy products in the diet of kids and especially yogurt.
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