Being a parent it’s important to understand the needs of your child’s body for proper growth and development. The series of growth stages as an infant to a toddler followed by adolescence (puberty phase), they have to go through not only physical changes but also emotional ups and downs. What do these growth stages exactly mean? How whey protein for children can help?(5 Power foods for kids growth)
The term growth includes physical growth (height/ weight), while development is growth in function and capability of various organs which can help your child to learn, understand and perform their routine work efficiently. Between 2 to 10 years, a child grows at a steady pace. The main growing phase begins at the start of puberty, between ages 10 – 16. A child’s body needs some special nutrients with these changes in growth rates. (What is a balanced meal for a child?)
Let’s look at one nutrient closely.
WHEY PROTEIN FOR CHILDren:
Whey is considered to be complete protein because it contains 9 essential amino acids and has low lactose content which makes it easily digestible. Leucine present in whey helps with building muscles too. These are the main reasons, why whey protein for children is essential during growing age. Although protein is the main building block for your kid’s body, but getting it from supplements may lead to health concerns. So acquiring it from natural sources like hand full of nuts and seeds or some dairy products is much beneficial. (3 supplements a body needs)
SOURCE OF WHEY PROTEIN FOR ChILDren:
When baby is born, mother’s breast milk contains 90% whey protein and about 10 % casein. That is why it is recommended to breastfeed babies for six months since whey is easier and quicker to digest. Breast milk acts as best immunity booster for new born. Other than that, whey is derived from cow’s milk which is made up of 80% casein and 20% of whey. Casein takes longer to digest and hence is recommended for older kids. A general practice to take milk just before bedtime is preferred since milk digests slowly due to higher casein proportion.
HOW TO GIVE WHEY TO KIDS?
What is the best whey protein for kids? Whey protein for children can be made at home with the left-over fluid when yogurt is curdled (what is the process of making whey at home?) during the process of cheese production. Or else add whey protein in milk and give to your child.
How whey protein helps:
Whey not only promotes growth and development of muscles in kids, but also boosts their natural defence power against infection and support a healthy immune system. The suggested intake of protein is about 0.8 per kg of body weight. For example, if your kid is 12-13 kgs, then the amount of daily protein intake would need to be roughly around 10 gm. Apart from healthy eating habits, it’s important to understand the role of whey protein in your kid’s growth. (Tasty options to fast-food)
WHEN WHEY PROTEIN FOR CHILDREN IS NEEDED?
Toddler years are time of growth and development and protein plays an important role during this phase. Whey is also a rich source of protein for fussy eaters. Nowadays, it is sold as the most popular type of protein powder as it is easy to source and comes in various flavors too. For older kids and teens who are into athletics, taking whey protein in milk can help to increase their strength and muscle mass. However, excess intake of protein through protein powders can be unnecessary if you are getting more than enough protein through your daily diet. (Easy protein food sources)
It is an interesting fact that body has no space to save that extra protein you eat. It all gets converted to fat or carbs which is not what you would prefer. Protein is made of 20 amino acids and the body needs all of these in certain ratio to make protein. The moment one of the amino acids required to make protein gets finished, protein making process stops. Hence, there is no point in bulking on protein from a single source. Keep variety in food and that will help achieve the goal of consuming all the amino acids to make all the required amount of protein in the body.
Are there any side effect of whey protein?
Although there are no side effect of whey protein and it is mostly safe for children and adults, but high doses can cause some side effects. For example, side effect of whey protein may include increased bowel movements, nausea, thirst, bloating, cramps, loss of appetite, fatigue and headache if taken in high quantity. Very active children (who participates in sports and athletics) may need little more protein than other kids. Home-made whey protein for kids like shakes or dishes (whey protein buns recipe) are a wonderful way to pack in some protein along with a bunch of other healthy vitamins and minerals.
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