Parents are primarily responsible for ensuring that their kids get the vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients they need each day. Parents shouldn’t ignore the importance of nutrition in childhood.
Children may be at risk for nutrient deficiencies if they eat processed foods like chips, cookies, soft drinks, and junk food as part of their diet. In order to encourage their child to eat more healthful foods, parents must prepare and provide healthy food options for their children as well as set an example of excellent eating habits.
A child’s food directly influences their capacity to learn, focus, and concentrate; children with dietary deficiencies are particularly susceptible to changes in metabolism that significantly effect cognitive aptitude and function of the brain.
Parents truly want their kids to do well in school in both academics and athletics. They make an effort to support their kids by assisting them with their homework, paying for their after-school activities, and creating a safe, caring environment at home.
Mothers should give particular attention to their children’s nutrition, especially at school.
After speaking with a number of parents and educators, I’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t enough emphasis being placed on this issue because most kids’ lunches tend to be low in nutrients. For this reason, I believe that education in this area may aid mothers in enhancing the general wellbeing of their kids.
Today’s young children have extremely busy schedules that include back-to-back classes and extracurricular activities. It is the ideal time for a healthy snack to restore children’s mental and physical energy so they can perform at their best for the remainder of the day because mid-morning school breaks are scheduled between 10 and 11 am.
Nutritious school snack examples include: sandwiches with a healthy protein source (chicken, hunter beef or eggs), fruit and milk.
Milk is provided to schoolchildren in their breaks by the government or through school programmes in industrialised nations like the United States, the United Kingdom, China, the European Union, and Turkey.
Milk is a simple, comprehensive food option that helps kids meet their daily nutritional needs because it is full of different nutrients.
Calcium and Vitamin D
Milk is rich in protein, calcium and vitamin D
Calcium and vitamin D are essential in helping children maintain strong bones and teeth , and one of the best sources of calcium and vitamin D are dairy products.
In Pakistan, vitamin D deficiency in children is very high. Since this vitamin is an essential nutrient for the maintenance of skeletal muscle and bone health, it is essential to keep levels in check.
Protein also helps children build and maintain lean muscle mass. Studies show that milk proteins help children grow taller.
Regular milk intake may thus translate into better performance in physical activities and sports in school.
Milk contains vitamin A
Essential for a healthy immune system in children, vitamin A ensures children’s immune system remains strong which means fewer sick days and school absences.
Milk is rich in B vitamins necessary for energy production
In particular, vitamin B12 is crucial for the growth and function of the brain. This may lead to better focus and concentration, which may enhance academic achievement.
These findings are supported by several studies done among schoolchildren all around the world.
The effects of fortified milk consumption in primary school students were studied by the National Institution of Nutrition in Vietnam. When compared to kids who did not consistently drink fortified milk, researchers discovered that those who did exhibited greater gains in short-term memory, higher learning markers, and improved weight and height.
Another study by Rahmani et al. (2011) conducted on school children in Iran also found that having one serving of milk daily at school had beneficial effects on children’s mental and physical function, as well as school performance.
Luckily Pakistani supermarkets are often filled with various options, both nutritious and delicious same time. Various nutritious options could include sandwiches with a healthy protein source (chicken, hunter beef or eggs), vegetables, and seasonal fruits.
Amongst drinks, the most nutritious option is to include a pack of milk or if your child prefers, even flavoured milk.
Various reputable brands, like Olper’s, now offer milk in convenient packs, which also come in flavours that children love. Olper’s Flavoured Milk not only contains the nutrition of milk, but also added Calcium, Vitamins A and D, making it a highly nutritious and complete drink.
In my opinion, the pros of this choice greatly outweigh the cons. From my previous experience working in child nutrition clinics, I am aware that many children do not like plain milk. The advantage of including flavoured milk in children’s diets is that, despite its added sugar content, flavoured milk has the same nutrient profile as that of plain milk, which makes it one of the best drink options available to children.
A systematic review of over 50 studies in the journal Nutrition Reviews by Flavia Fayet-Moore shows that overall it is essential to suggest the consumption of flavoured milk as a strategy to increase milk consumption in children.
In conclusion, adding a serving of milk to a child’s lunch box is one of the best decisions mothers can make. Regular milk consumption may improve pupils’ academic performance, according to research conducted in schools. Daily milk consumption helps kids develop and maintain strong bones, teeth, and lean muscle. Milk is rich in nutrients including protein, calcium, and vitamins A, B6, B12, and D.