Who should drink milk?
Absolutely everyone. Infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, males, females-literally everyone should drink milk, unless they are lactose intolerant. And children who suffer from autism should restrict milk intake. Milk is especially important for growing children as it has many health benefits. The National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, recommends an intake of 2 full glasses (about 500 ml) of milk for growing children each day.
Why is milk important for growth?
Milk is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is a rich source of protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid and vitamin B12. Milk also contains some amounts of Vitamin D, thiamine, biotin, selenium, iodine, magnesium and traces of copper and manganese. Consumption of 2 to 3 glasses of milk per day or other dairy products during growing years enables ones to meet the recommended intakes of these nutrients, which in turn facilitates linear growth.
How to interest your child in drink milk?
- Explain the importance of milk and its health benefits to your child.
- Sing songs and rhymes about milk with him.
- If he doesn't like the taste of milk, make a fruit milkshake without any added sugar. You can also add natural flavours like cardamom, kesar (saffron) or small amounts of chopped dry fruits to enhance the flavour of milk.
- Non-sweetened cocoa powder can also be used.
- Avoid using sweet protein powders available in market as they add a lot of sugar to your child's diet.
- Be a role model. Your child is more likely to drink milk if he sees you drink milk.