What Are Things That We Should Look for in Our Kid's Milk

By Mhownai - November 02, 2018

We all know that milk is an essential for kids from the time they were born until their body became stronger and their immune system becomes stable enough to fight for diseases on its own that is why we, as parents, we should put more emphasis on checking every little detail of what we give to our kids.

Aside from the claims of the products- that the product is equipped with essential nutrients, we also put emphasis on details such as nutritional values, ingredients, calorie counts, and even the sugar content.

According to Food Scientist, Dr. Lotis Francisco, milk labels provide the necessary information that would let us check and balance the ingredients and other nutritional facts of the milk.

Here are some few tips and tricks for every parent out there to ensure the quality of the milk that you offer to your kids.

1. Check the milk label

Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires labels on all prepackaged food? These labels would provide a complete list of all ingredients used as well as the nutritional information in the package. What's more, it should be readable.

We should make sure that whenever we read the label, the list is in descending order of portion: from most to least. This means that the first ingredient in the list is also the main component of the milk.

For PROMIL® Four, if you would notice that 'andthus' is their first component which is the preferred element for children over 3 years because it eliminates unnecessary fatty acids and keeps the other milk components like lactose.

2. Read the Nutritional Facts

Nutritional facts is a tabulated form that declares the protein, carbohydrates (including dietary fibers and sugars), fat (including saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol), sodium and the caloric content of the milk. Also, you can see Vitamin A, Iron, and Iodine, as well as other vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids are also included in the tabulation.

“All of these nutrients are expressed through the Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake (RENI) of children, based on the guidelines of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI),” explained Dr. Francisco. “So, if the Protein Content in the milk indicates 30 percent, then, your child needs 70 percent more from other food sources to meet his or her daily RENI."

3. Learn about the sugar content

This is one of the most confusing parts when reading a nutritional label is the sugar content. Many have a misconception that when a milk has a high sugar content, it's not healthy to for kids.

Among the types of sugar added in formula milk include sucrose, also referred to as table sugar and starches. These are added to replace some or all of the lactose naturally found in milk. Given the case, Dr. Francisco noted that it is still better to check the type of sugar used in your child’s milk. For your child’s proper growth and mental development, PROMIL® Four is predominantly lactose with its non-fat milk as the main ingredient.

4. What are other things that parents should look for? 

To ensure that your child gets the essential and important nutrients for proper growth and mental development, it pays off to check if milk’s macronutrients—protein, fat, and carbohydrates—are at the right level for children over 3 years old.

Based on FNRI’s Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes, your child’s milk per serving should have Protein within 6-15% of total energy, Fat within 15-30% of total energy, and Carbohydrates within 55-79% of total energy to be within the acceptable macronutrient distribution range (AMDR).

Below recommended range may stuntchild’s growth and drain energy, while above may cause the risk of obesity. To support proper growth and mental development, it is preferred for these nutrients to be within range. For PROMIL®FOUR, it gives 15% total energy from its protein content, 30% total energy from fats, and 55% total energy from carbohydrates.

PROMIL®FOUR is also the only formula milk with NUTRISSENTIALS®. It contains DHA, AA, Lutein, Iodine, and Iron to help support brain and visual development. It also has Vitamin A, which supports healthy eye development; Zinc for normal growth and maintaining a healthy immune system; Niacin, which aids in metabolism; Biotin, which enhances energy for physical development; and Potassium, which promotes healthy muscles.

For many years, PROMIL® FOUR has helped parents nurture the gift through proper care, parenting, and nutrition.

To learn more about PROMIL® Four, visit their website at www.promilnurturethegift.com.ph.

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