Milk for growth: marketing or health factor?

Every day, find one of the infos extracted from the new issue of the collection "Essentials of: 39 truths to feed your child", sold with the April issue of. Today, zoom on the growth milk.

  • From 1 year, food diversification intensifies and the temptation to make your child eat like a big one is strong. Yet, if food becomes more involved in mineral, vitamin, and essential fatty acid (EFA) inputs, it is not enough to meet the high nutritional needs of your child.
  • It is often at this time that some deficiencies may appear, in particular iron. Between 1 and 3 years old, your toddler needs 7 mg of iron a day. To achieve this goal, he would have to eat more than 100 g of meat, fish or egg every day or 20 g of black pudding ... Mission impossible! At 1 year, his protein intake amounts to 20 g per day!
  • The growth milks, because they are fortified with iron, can provide 70% of its daily needs. 500 ml of growth milk, the recommended daily dose, will bring him 5 mg of iron. In addition, they are enriched with vitamins and essential fatty acids, essential for the development of the brain. A medical consensus recognizes their interest, especially in the prevention of iron deficiency, and recommends their consumption until the age of 3 years.

And cow's milk?

  • Replace growth milk with cow's milk does not meet the nutritional needs of your child. This could have dangerous consequences on his health. In addition to its low dose of iron, 0.25 mg for 500 ml against 5 mg for growth milk, cow's milk contains 10 times less PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids), 10 times less vitamin D, 2 times less of zinc as growth milk. Plus, it exposes your child to excess protein. So, nothing presses ... Cow's milk is not until 3 years old. When the time comes, always for nutritional reasons, your doctor will recommend whole milk rather than semi-skim milk.

Frédérique Odasso

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