According to a nutritionist Mr. Babalola Okiki explained the need to include dairy products such as milk in the diet of children. Milk or milk products have high quality of protein that may saves children from malnutrition. Proteins constitute about 18 percent of the protein content of milk. Casein, a protein found only in milk, contains all of the essential amino acids. It accounts for 82 percent of the total proteins in milk and is used as a standard for evaluating protein of other foods.
Mr. Okiki said taking a glass of milk everyday can prevent the risk of malnutrition in children between the ages of six months and 15 years. Milk is a complete meal especially for growing children.
He also emphasized on the strict practice of exclusive breast feeding of new born babies for the first six months of life.
“That is why we emphasize that new born babies should be fed exclusively with breast milk for the first six months of life. This is because breast milk from the mother contains all the nutrients a baby needs including water, protein, carbohydrates and other micro nutrients.
For older children, milk is said to be much more nutritious than most beverages. It important for their growth because of the rich energy present in milk. Milk has been recognized as an important part of our daily diet, across all cultures. When it comes to dairy, most experts agree that, unless you have intolerance to lactose, products including milk, yoghurt and cheese are great additions to your diet, he added.
“Milk is a good source of B vitamins, most especially vitamin B12 that ensures healthy functioning of the brain and the nervous system. Milk also contains calcium and phosphorus, which the body needs for strong bones and teeth. Milk contains vitamins D and B2 needed for blood formation and energy release respectively. Milk is a very rich food.”
“A nation willing to curb malnutrition must cultivate the habit of drinking milk everyday. A glass of milk everyday can make that significant difference especially in the lives of children between six months and 15.”