By Lawal Sherifat
Food plays an essential role in the growth of every individual. Children between the ages of 2 and 12 are in their actively growing stage, hence, there is the crucial need for them to be fed right.
Growing children need sufficient nutrients to grow adequately. Children that are not fed right stand the risk of stunted growth and at worse affect their mental development.
Experts in the department of nutrition and dietetics have put forward research showing that food rich in Vitamins, Protein, and minerals, aid growth.
Here are some of the food you may not know could help aid the growth of your child.
Peanut butter is a good source of protein. It is a food paste or spread made from dry-roasted peanuts (groundnut).
Rich in monounsaturated fats, peanut butter provides children with energy and protein.
However, some brands contain added salt, sugar, palm oil and partially hydrogenated fats, which reduce nutritional quality.
Oat is a gluten-free whole grain. Though ordinary, oatmeal has a lasting effect on a child’s growth.
They are a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.
Apart from its nutritional value, oatmeal also has the tendencies of decreasing the risk of childhood asthma.
Benefits include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protection against skin irritation, and reduced constipation.
Oatmeal is amongst the healthiest food a child can eat.
Yogurt contains Vitamin D, Calcium, and Potassium which are essential nutrients for the development of a child.
The pro-biotics keep the child’s gut healthy and that is where whole health starts.
Yogurt is rich in vitamin-D and calcium too and therefore is essential for strong bones and good height.
The ability of yogurt to blend itself with almost any dish makes it extremely versatile to be used in multiple cuisines, the child does not necessarily have to take it in its raw form