Hi, my son is 3 years old. He doesn't like rice as well as milk. Is there any problem if milk is not given to kids? Upto what age milk should be given to children regularly? I have read somewhere that if we avoid 5 white eatables (milk, white rice, maida, salt n sugar) from our daily diet, we'll remain healthy.. Is it true?

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Answer:
If your son doesn't like rice you may offer other cereals like wheat, bajra, ragi etc. Brown rice/unpolished /parboiled are all nutrionally better option than polished white rice. Maida or any refined cereal is better avoided if possible. Salt and sugar should be taken in moderation. Milk has it benefits as it is a good source of protein, calcium, vitaminn A etc. You may flavour the milk with natural flavourings like elaichi powder, kesar, dates syrup etc. You may use flavoured milk supplements. You may give in the form of fruit shakes like mango/banana/cheeku/apple shake. You may even try giving milk in the form of porridges/kheer/custards. If he doesn't want to take milk at all you may offer alternatives. Other alternatives to milk are curd/yogurt, paneer/cheese, buttermilk/lassi, soymilk (above 5 years of age), tofu etc. For more ideas, you may read up the blog on alternatives to milk. Link given below https://www.parentune.com/parenting-blog/5-healthy-alternatives-to-milk/519 Hope it helps.

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