Milk is a very important part of our diets, even in adulthood. With children, the only difference is that they have smaller stomachs. They still need at least two cups of milk a day, so we need to make sure that the food we give them really counts. Often, the things our little ones eat and drink don’t contain any micronutrients or special ingredients. This is when a drink like Nido 3+ really comes into play because it provides your children with the additional vitamins and minerals that may be lacking in their diets. Nido 3+ is convenient because you won’t have to worry about supplementing with other multivitamins, and it will give you peace of mind that your children are getting a balanced diet.
How does this compare to other dairy drinks for children? The answer is twofold. On the one hand, other dairy drinks provide too much protein, minerals and saturated fats, but they also lack in iron, Vitamin A, D and C, and essential fatty acids.
What does this mean? Too much protein and minerals can put stress on the kidneys and may cause dehydration. Excessive protein intake early in life may also increase the risk of obesity and hypertension in adulthood.
Too much of anything is a bad thing. What about too little? In South Africa, 63% of children do not get enough Vitamin A, and 1 in 10 children do not have enough iron in their diets.
Vitamin A and iron deficiencies directly affect a child’s ability to fight off infections. Iron deficiency can also stunt growth and intellectual development, and also negatively affect motor and behavioural development, all of which may have permanent consequences.
Fatty acids (DHA) are vital for brain and immune development. DHA is extremely important in early life, and other dairy drinks do not contain any DHA. The best source of DHA is oily fish, such as salmon. Unfortunately, not many children eat fish regularly and find it very difficult to swallow a DHA capsule. Nido 3+ provides an easy alternative, whilst maintaining the practice of good eating habits.
Children need small, frequent meals throughout the day and they may not always feel hungry. A cup of milk is an easy way to fill the gaps, but it is critical that the cup we give them counts.
Nido 3+ is a drink for growing children and is a great source of immuno-nutrients (Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin A, C, D, E) and important micronutrients.
Another more recent but significant dietary breakthrough that you might’ve heard of is the ‘gut microbiome’ or gut bacteria. The importance of gut bacteria is becoming more and more evident – it plays a crucial role in immunity, allergies and obesity to name a few. Although remarkably stable, gut bacteria can be affected by changes in the diet. In children, there are a number of major dietary changes that take place in the first 1000 days – from the womb, to breastfeeding, to introducing a diversified diet. All of these changes have an impact on your child’s gut bacteria, and this is where Nido 3+ really comes to the party. To help with these dietary changes, the addition of L Protectus (L. rhamnosus) or Lactic Acid producing Bacteria (LAB) to Nido 3+ has proven to be very beneficial in sustaining and balancing your child’s gut bacteria. Other drinks for children do not contain LAB.