You all will agree with this:
Making your child eat his bowl of veggies is tough.
Nevertheless, parents still insist and try several ways to make their child eat fruits and vegetables, and drink milk.
Well, because they want to give their child a balanced nutrition.
But, do a plate of fruits and vegetables and a glass of milk guarantee a balanced nutrition?
Or are you missing something?
You all know about Vitamin B12. Also known as Cobalamin, it is an important component of Vitamin B-complex.
What does Vitamin B12 do?
- It helps in the formation of red blood cells in your child.
- It helps in the healthy functioning of the brain cells. Since childhood is the storehouse of development, adequate intake of Vitamin B12 foods can make a lot of difference in this phase.
- During pregnancy, proper dosage of Vitamin B12 helps in the brain development and proper growth of the baby.
And what’s the bottom line?
Now, this is crazy:
Dr Sadanand Naik, the head of Biochemistry at KEM Hospital, Pune, conducted a study among middle-class men in Pune which showed that 81 percent had low levels of vitamin B12. The study also showed that vegetarians are 4.4 times more likely to experience a vitamin B12 deficiency.
So, being a vegetarian, you don’t have any Vitamin B12 foods for yourself? Do you have to introduce animal foods in your diet to make up for the deficiency of Vitamin B12?
Seems impossible, right?
Milk and milk products like cheese, curd, and butter have small amounts of Vitamin B12. They are the natural sources of Vitamin B12 for the vegetarians. However, they are not sufficient to fulfil your child’s requirement for this vitamin.
With an increasing trend to go vegetarian these days, your child stands a high chance to suffer from Vitamin B12 deficiency as he grows up because it is difficult to absorb at a later stage.
A constant absence of this nutrient from his diet can lead to the symptoms of pernicious anaemia like:
- Pale skin
- Constipation, diarrhoea, and loss of appetite
- Behavioural changes
- Mood swings
- Lethargy with no desire to play or study
- Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
- Weight loss
You might be wondering…
I have talked about the problem, but what’s the solution then? If milk and milk products are not sufficient for your child, what should you do?
Here’s the deal:
Introduce fortified foods in your child’s diet to make up for the deficiency of Vitamin B12 Click To Tweet
What are fortified foods?
Fortification is a process to supplement various food items with specific rare nutrients that are easily available in the market and readily accepted by the community.
Therefore, in addition to milk and milk products, introduce these Vitamin B12 foods in your child’s diet for his balanced nutrition:
- Breakfast cereals like cornflakes, chocos, all-bran, and oats
- Health drinks like Bournvita, Horlicks etc.
- Yoghurt and buttermilk
- Soy milk
- Soy products like tofu
These Vitamin B12 foods are not only for your child but yourself too! Remember, only a healthy parent can raise a healthy child!
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