Milk, a source of a whole range of most essential nutrients, is by and large essential for the first 6 months. In the second half of the first year, too milk is needed but along with complementary foods (semisolids and solids).
- Fats and carbohydrates in milk provide energy (calories).
- Protein is important for growth.
- Calcium and phosphorus support bone and teeth development
- Vitamins help fight infections and play important role in metabolic processes and growth. , Vitamin D is good for bone strength; Vitamin A is good for visions, vitamin B-6 for boosting brain development and B12 for preventing anaemia.
Curd is a rich source of probiotics, i.e. good bacteria that are helpful in maintain the healthy environment in the digestive tract, thereby boosting immunity against day-to-day diseases.
Secondly, its calcium and phosphorus ingredients help in the development of strong bones and teeth. Thirdly, curd prevents the accumulation of a hormone (‘cortisol”) in our body, that eventually leads to obesity and hypertension. Having curd in moderation on everyday basis can help safeguard against putting on excess weight and prevent obesity that is emerging in a big way in children and is a matter of concern.
Cheese, just like curd and milk, is a very rich source of protein and fat.
This is an established fact that children who consume foodstuffs: milk, curd& cheese show better growth and development compared to those in whose diet these foods are missing.