Every day, but in adequate amount
The power of proteins
Proteins are essential in ensuring growth and development for children.
It is important that your child consumes daily meat, eggs or fish so as to fulfil his Protein intake, but not in an excessive way in order to prevent nutritional imbalances.
The needs of Proteins depend on age group. A child between 1 and 6 years old needs half the amount of protein needed by adults. The amount needed for children between 3 and 6 years is around 45g per day. 40% of children in Lebanon between 1 and 3 years take an excess of Proteins Protein in excess (> 45 g per day for a child between 3 and 6 years old) will overload the kidneys of your child and lead to nutrient deficiencies, especially in Iron, Vitamins and Calcium. But not just that, it can increase the risk of obesity, metabolic diseases (diabetes, hypertension) and in the long term cardiovascular diseases.
Where to find PROTEIN?
Milk and proteins
Adult milk is overloaded with Proteins and animal fats. Unlike adult milk, Blédi up 4 contains half the amount of Proteins and lacks animal fats, in order to prevent overloading your child’s body and in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases in the long term. Always look for a milk adapted to your child’s age containing a lower amount of Protein.
How can you ensure a proper supply of Proteins without excess?
- Choose lean meat with a little amount of fat or salt. Prefer poultry meat which are low in fat.
- Legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans) are high in proteins and can substitute meat. Add them to your child’s soup.
- Include at least two portions of fish per week to the family meal.
- Avoid cold cuts
- Stay away from adult milk which is high in Proteins and inappropriate to your child’s age. Choose an adapted milk appropriate to your child such as Blédi Up 4 which contains 45% less Proteins than adult milk.
Ideally feed your child once or twice per day by alternating food, during breakfast and dinner. It is enough to provide them with 45g of proteins per day, while consuming 500ml of age-appropriate milk such as Blédi Up 4 which contains the appropriate and required amount for your child. This prevents them from consuming excessive amount of proteins and being exposed to obesity and overweight risk.