Market Protein Powder is not Good for Kids

When it comes to the daily diet of kids, they often choose taste over nutrition, which further results in several health issues. As per experts, the new-age parents avoid this gap of taste and nutrition and choose to add supplements to the kids’ diet. The most common supplement is protein powder. But, do you know that these packaged protein powders are bad for kids?

Yes, you read it right! The market-bought protein powders are full of artificial flavors and preservatives and are not good for growing kids. Packaged protein powder shows no significant improvements in weight, height, or nutritional status of kids, rather they cause adverse effects on the body due to excessive use of preservatives.

Let us explore more about the protein requirements of kids and what are the best natural sources.

How much protein do kids need?

Per day protein needs of kids depend on their age, activity level, and sex. However, the basic per day protein requirements for 1–3 years is 13 grams, for 4–8 years is 19 grams, for 9–13 years is 34 grams, for 14–18 years (female) is 46 grams, and 14–18 years (male) is 52 grams.

What to look for in a protein powder?

The need for protein powder is when kids don’t get enough protein through regular meals and it happens because kids are often picky in terms of food. It is always suggested to consult a dietitian or a pediatrician and it must have whey protein, which comes from milk, and pea protein.

Packaged protein powder FDA approved?

You will be surprised to know that protein powders are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and they can contain a range of additional ingredients that might be dangerous for growing kids. Also make sure that the protein powder has no added sugars, and no high doses of vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients.

Any risks involved in consuming protein powder with preservatives?

Regular consumption of packaged protein powder might result in kidney stones, liver dysfunction, coronary artery disease, and bone disorders too.

Any other sources of protein too?

The other sources of protein are fresh meat, oily fish, eggs, fresh dairy products, legumes, quinoa, nut butter, and vegetables such as broccoli.

How to make protein powder at home?

In a blender, add 3 cups of dry non-fat milk powder, 1 cup oats, 1 cup almonds, and jaggery/sugar or sweetener, if you prefer. Blend them together and store the powder in a clean jar. You can also store the jar in the fridge to increase the shelf life. ½ scoop of this protein powder contains approx 180 calories and 12 grams of protein.

Market Protein Powder is not Good for growing kids

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