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Micronutrients = Macro Benefits. 5 Things you need to know

 Huda Shaikh
7 to 11 years

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Micronutrients Macro Benefits 5 Things you need to know

As parents, we are aware about the importance of a balanced diet for our children. But what does a balanced diet really mean? A balanced diet is a diet which contains a proper balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) and micronutrients (minerals and vitamins). A whole wheat chapatti or oats is just as essential for your child, as is a serving of fruit or a bowl of salad.

Let’s understand the benefits of micronutrients

Micronutrients are substances which are required by the body in miniscule amounts for the production of hormones, enzymes and various other substances which are required for proper growth and development of your child. Here are the 5 essential needs that micronutrients fulfill in your child’s body:

1. Prevention of anemia: Micronutrients like iron and folic acid are responsible for maintaining optimum haemoglobin levels in the blood, which keeps the body in a proactive mode. If you find your child is lethargic or lazy, perhaps it’s not just a ‘mood’!

  • Best Sources: Green leafy vegetables, poultry, nuts, lentils, beans, eggs, seafood

 

2. Good eyesight: Yes, you would like your child to have perfect vision, and the micronutrient that will keep eye trouble at bay is Vitamin A. This micronutrient is not only important for good eye health but also for good functioning of the immune system, bone development and mental growth.

  • Best Sources: Carrots, sweet potato, egg yolks, spinach, squash, melon, mango, bell peppers

 

3. Proper functioning of the nervous system:  B-complex vitamins such as Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 are responsible for the efficient functioning of the nerve cells. Not just that, they also aid digestion.

  • Best Sources: Dairy products, eggs, poultry, meat, whole grains, nuts, beans

 

4. Maintaining good energy through the day: Vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine) is necessary for maintaining energy levels. It is also essential for healthy muscles and the nervous system.

  • Best Sources: Nuts, sunflower seeds, beans, fish, oatmeal, cereals, oranges, whole wheat bread

 

5. Energy metabolism and DNA repair: B-complex vitamins such as Riboflavin and niacin are necessary for metabolism, and conversion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins into energy.

  • Best Sources: Green leafy vegetables, poultry, eggs, almonds, milk, legumes, mushroom, carrot, cheese, sweet potato, fish

 

The bottomline – do not miss out on these micronutrients at any cost! After all, your little one’s health is at stake. It is not a bad idea to boost the daily diet with supplements available in the market; for instance a Horlicks milk shake at breakfast will give that nutritional boost to your child, right at the start of the day!

 

Did you find the information given by our expert nutritionist useful? How do you ensure that your child gets the essential nutrients in his/her daily diet? Do share (in the comments section below) – and support fellow parents to provide the best nutrition to their growing up children. 

 

An awareness drive powered by Horlicks to emphasize the importance of micronutrient’s in a child’s diet.

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Promila

| Jul 04, 2017

My child wants fast food always

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Sudha Raj

| Jul 04, 2017

good

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Nikki

| Jul 04, 2017

Nice and informative

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Anisha

| Jul 04, 2017

good article. Thanks for sharing

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Shalu Gupta

| Jul 04, 2017

my child drinks milk easily thanks to the school

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Pehu

| Jul 04, 2017

What could I do to make sure my child drinks milk

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Sojal

| May 16, 2017

Thanks for sharing detailed info about micronutrients. I will now start giving fruits and gren vegetables to my child.

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Shilpa

| May 16, 2017

I give dairy products and green vegetables daily to my child, but he doesnt eat nuts. Thanks for sharing the valuable insights about nuts, I will make a paste of nuts and will now feed my child..

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Swati

| May 04, 2017

I give almonds and cashew nuts regularly to my child in the morning. Hope this helps in the longer run...

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Monika

| May 04, 2017

I have known the importance but thanks for describing in detail.

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Tanisha Khanna

| May 03, 2017

A detailed information on micronutrients. Thank you Huda

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Anjum Dawoodani

| Apr 21, 2017

vry important info... thnkx

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Kavita Kumar

| Apr 21, 2017

nice info

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Brundha

| Apr 20, 2017

my daughter is 7 and a half years old.. can I give fox tail millets and Bajra .. are they benefits her..

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