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Skim Milk Nutrition Facts

Is it OK to give my 3-year-old daughter skimmed milk instead of full-fat milk?
(June 1, 2010)

“Mamma I don’t wanna eat!” Is this what your toddler exclaims every time he/she is presented with food? Is your toddler a picky eater? Does he/she refuse to eat vegetables and fruits? Children, especially in the age group of two to five years, can be a real pain when it comes to food. They are fussy eaters and may run away after finishing half or quarter of what is served to them, as they are more eager to play than eat.

This may lead to nutritional deficiencies as their body requires lots of nutrients to meet their growing needs.

Feeding her children is the primary concern of almost every mother. If your child is a picky eater and if he/she is underweight for his/her age then feeding your child with full-fat milk is a better idea than giving him/her skimmed milk. The only difference between the both is that skimmed milk has a low fat percentage and full-fat milk has a higher fat percentage and is creamier than skimmed milk. Although the nutrition provided by both skimmed milk and full-fat milk is the same, the fat percentage in skimmed milk is less and beneficial for obese children. However, if you want your child’s weight to go up or intend your child’s weight to be proportional to his/her age then full-fat milk is a better option.

Milk in any form is a great source of calcium, protein and vitamin D for both grown-ups and kids. Children switching from breast milk to formula milk and formula milk to normal milk must be introduced to full-fat or whole milk as it helps in weight gain. Children who are used to skimmed milk may not find whole milk tasty.  However, before you introduce full-fat milk to your child, it is important to check his/her weight and make sure that your child does not fall in the obese category. This is because if your child is already overweight, full-fat milk may add to his/her weight issue and may lead to several health complications in the near future. Seek the opinion of a pediatrician before jumping to a decision. This will help to make sure that your child is eating healthy and is also maintaining the right weight. If your child is suffering from lactose intolerance, then you can try introducing him/her to options like soy milk or rice milk which may suit your child and also provide the same nutrition that normal milk would otherwise do.
Submitted by S M on June 1, 2010 at 01:05


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