Kids and Protein Shakes: Why Whey is the Way to Go
Supplementation with protein shakes can be great for all children and especially for finicky eaters or high-performance child athletes. Shakes are fun, taste good and go down easily.
Protein plays a role in growing healthy skin and organs, developing strong muscles and keeping our immune systems healthy. People of all ages need protein, but growing kids need the most protein due to their developing bodies.
While some health practitioners feel using a protein powder supplement is not necessary for children who are eating a healthy diet of meats, nuts and dairy foods, many studies show that most of the foods kids want to eat or snack, aren’t high in protein at all. Much of the food children consume is very high in processed carbohydrates, sugar and fat which is a big part of the reason so many children have weight issues.
Getting your children on a good whey protein powder like Designs for Health’s Whey Cool, is a safe and simple method of boosting their protein intake to make sure their needs are met. By creating more balance in their diet and tilting the scales toward a higher protein intake, you’ll not only help better-fuel their physical activities but also promote a leaner body composition and better mental stamina for schoolwork. A study published in a 2008 issue of “Behavioral and Brain Functions” found that protein malnutrition not only causes wasting and stunting in children, but can negatively impact their cognitive function.
Whey protein is derived from milk. The protein portion of whole milk consists of 20% whey protein and 80% casein protein. Whey is by far the most popular type of protein used in protein powders because it tastes good and is economical. Often overlooked is whey protein’s unique benefit of enhancing the immune system so helpful in fighting off colds and flu bugs kids tend to pick up at school.
Ideally protein should make up 15 percent to 20 percent of a child’s daily caloric intake along with protein-rich snacks and meals. The Institute of Medicine recommends children ages 1 to 3 get 13 grams of protein daily, kids ages 4 to 8 consume 19 grams, children ages 9 to 13 get at least 34 grams, teen girls consume 46 grams, and teenage boys eat at least 52 grams of protein daily.
Remember though that consuming too much protein is not good for a child. Although it is rare that a child would overdose on protein, it can cause dehydration, calcium loss and kidney problems.
At The Healthy Choice Compounding Pharmacy, we carry a high quality whey protein powder that can help supplement your child’s needs. Stop by and speak with about it.