Could your child be getting more from their diet?
Encouraging your child to eat a balanced diet will help to ensure they get all of the important nutrients they need. However, there may be times when you're concerned that your child's diet isn't as balanced as it could be, perhaps there's a certain nutrient they might be missing out on? At times like these, you may consider giving them a vitamin and mineral supplement.
As well as providing the full range of nutrients, it’s worth considering the nutrient combinations in a meal, as this affects how their bodies absorb different vitamins and minerals. This is true whether your child gets all their nutrients from their diet alone, or is supported with a supplement.
WHAT INCREASES NUTRIENT ABSORPTION?
Here are some top tips to ensure your child’s nutrient absorption is as good as it can be. For example:
1. Vitamins are either fat-soluble or water soluble.
Fat soluble vitamins, as the name suggests, can only be absorbed with the help of fats; these include vitamins A, D, E and K. If your child is not getting these from healthy fat sources in their diet, it helps to help take these vitamins alongside a source of fat in order for them to be absorbed well. Be sure to choose foods rich in healthy fats, such as oily fish, nuts or avocado.
2. Iron and vitamin C.
The bioavailability of iron (how easily iron is absorbed by the body) depends on the source of the iron. Iron from animal sources (haem iron) has a much higher bioavailability than iron from plant sources (non-haem iron), and therefore more is absorbed. This is why vegetarians can struggle to meet their daily requirement for iron. However, consuming non-haem iron with vitamins C rich foods could help to increase its absorption. Try giving a glass of fresh orange juice with a serving of leafy greens.
3. Calcium and vitamin D.
It’s well known that calcium is important for your child to develop strong bones and teeth, but did you know vitamin D is equally key? Vitamin D helps their body absorb calcium from their food. A small amount of vitamin D can be obtained through their diet; however, your child cannot get enough through that route alone, they also need (safe) exposure to sunlight or supplementation.
Both micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat) are essential to support your child’s growth and development. When choosing a supplement, to be confident the nutrients are absorbed as well as they can be, you should consider a complete and balanced supplement providing a full range of both micro- and macronutrients.
HOW CAN PAEDIASURE SHAKE HELP?
PaediaSure Shake s a balanced nutritional drink, specially designed for children aged 1-10 years, for use alongside or in between meals. It contains a balance of 26 essential nutrients including, omega 3 and 6, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, iron and calcium. It also provides a balanced source of macronutrients like protein and carbohydrates.
Find out where to buy PaediaSure Shake here.