Grains Packed with Wonders for Toddlers   

Grains Packed with Wonders for Toddlers


Gains from Whole Grains

All grains, such as oats, wheat, corn or rice, are made up of three components - the outer bran, the middle endosperm and the little part at the tip called the germ. The bran and germ are packed with nutrients like antioxidants, B vitamins, minerals and fiber while carbohydrates in the endosperm give us energy.

However, very often the nutritious bran and germ are removed during the milling process to produce refined grain products with better appearances and longer shelf lives. In contrast, whole grains are not milled, thus retaining their natural goodness and giving a number of additional benefits to your toddler.

Consistent source of energy

Essentially, whole grains are complex carbohydrates that are high in fiber and digested slowly.
This process supplies your little one with a constant source of energy that is suitable for his growth and activities.

Natural source of nutrients

Whole grains are tiny packages of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and phytochemicals - all of them important substances that support your toddler's growth and development.

Prevention of constipation

At the same time, whole grains help reduce constipation, a common problem among toddlers. A major cause of this is insufficient fiber intake. A child who is constipated suffers
discomfort and distress. In the long-term, recurring constipation leads to irritability, stomach cramps and poor appetite. A toddler who experiences poor appetite may not
consume enough nutritients for healthy growth and development.

To overcome constipation, a diet made up of high fiber foods such as whole grain cereals, fruits and vegetables is recommended, along with adequate water intake. Fiber combines with water in the intestine to add bulk and
softness to stools and make it easier to pass motion, thus reducing the risk of constipation.
As a guide, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends giving (Age + 5) g fiber/day for kids aged 2 years and above. For example, if your toddler is 3-years old, the recommended intake is (3 + 5) = 8g of fiber per day.

Protective Probiotics

Another tiny wonder-probiotics or beneficial bacteria - can give plenty of benefits to toddlers.
That's why probiotics are now added to certain children's foods such as infant cereals. These tiny bacteria offer big benefits, so let's take a look at some of them:

1. Probiotics help to maintain a healthy population of beneficial bacteria in your toddler's gut and strengthen his gut's protection against harmful bacteria which may bring infections.

2. When your child is ill, his doctor may prescribe antibiotics to destroy the harmful bacteria. However, antibiotics also kill the beneficial bacteria in the gut. Giving your child probiotics helps restore the number of beneficial bacteria in his gut.

3. Fukushima Y et al found that probiotics help promote the development of children's immunity. It works by stimulating the production of the antibody Immunoglobulin A (IgA) in the intestine, which helps eliminate harmful microorganisms from the intestine.

4. Rautava S and team reported that probiotics help lower the risk of respiratory infections, and also reduced the overall need for antibiotics, in young children.

5. Various studies have also shown that probiotics are effective in reducing the incidence and duration of diarrhoea in young children.

There's so much to gain from whole grains and probiotics. That's why every toddler should enjoy a good serving of both in his daily diet.


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