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Growing Taller: Meat You'd Want to Feed Your Kids
If you have kids and if they really want to grow taller, you need to feed them right. There is no shortcut to growing taller, and it requires a lot of sacrifice on your part. Children might be picky about their food choices, but remember, it's always on how it's cooked, rather than what it really is. Anyway, there are certain types of food you would want to feed your kids, and these will certainly help out in helping them grow taller. Although genetics is part of the height equation, it is just a piece in the puzzle, not the determining factor.
Lean and healthy meat
Of course, meat is a must in kids' diets, especially if you want them to grow taller. Animal meat contains the type of protein needed for growth. Although certain plants contain a lot of protein, these aren't actually “complete” and are different than the protein in our body – contrary to animals, who, like us, are made of flesh, blood and bones. However, your chosen protein source must be lean, in order to avoid excessive amounts of unhealthy fat and cholesterol. So, what are some of the most recommended sources?
- Veal – first on the list is veal, a type of beef derived from young cattle. Although this does not contain that much nutrients as compared to older cattle, a hundred grams of this meat contains 21 grams of protein, with less fat and cholesterol.
- Chicken – one of the most common meats out there, chicken is a type of poultry, raised worldwide. A hundred grams of chicken contains 25 grams of protein, with little fat and only 78 milligrams of cholesterol, way below your daily limit.
- Lamb or mutton – this type of meat, taken from sheep, is not as lean as chicken, but it is definitely power packed with protein. If you eat a hundred grams of it during the day, ¼ of it is protein. It also contains less fat and cholesterol than beef.
- Salmon – a mainstay in seafood restaurants, salmon is a very healthy seafood. Aside from containing 20 grams of protein per 100 gram servings, it contains healthy fat and considerably less cholesterol than the above mentioned types of meat.
Make sure that the next time you visit the grocery store, your shopping cart is filled with these types of meat. Although beef and pork can be eaten occasionally, it's always better to have your kids get used to them. Aside from protein, these contain vitamin B12, which is important in maintaining healthy blood cells and the nervous system.
Let's say that your child is compassionate to animals and hates meat, and preferring to be vegetarian instead. Bear in mind that it's all right to be a vegetarian, but being a child vegan can definitely cause some growth problems later on. The main difference between the two is that vegetarians eat cheese, eggs and other animal products (except meat), while vegans completely abstain from any of those. Anyway, if your child chooses to be one, certain kinds of animal products can provide enough protein, and these include:
- Cheese – taken from meat, a hundred grams of American cheese contains a good amount of protein, while having enough of your daily calcium needs.
- Eggs – chicken eggs are one of the most staple breakfast food in American homes. A 50 gram egg contains 10% protein, along with vitamin D and B12. Although yolks contain a high amount of cholesterol, this is negated by the low saturated fat and high vitamin D content.
- Cow's milk – a cup of cow's milk contains a good amount of protein, as well as 30% of your calcium needs and vitamin B12. It also contains a low amount of fat, while cholesterol is almost nonexistent in it.
Do you consider these food sources in your kids nutritional requirements for height growth?
Not everyone likes liver, but remember, your kids do not have to like something for it to be good for them. Animal liver is actually pretty healthy, but only if eaten in sufficient amounts. For example, chicken liver is pretty small and unassuming, but it is actually one of the healthiest foods out there, although it contains a lot of cholesterol. One chicken liver weighs only 44 grams, but it contains 11 grams of protein, and can meet your daily vitamin A and D requirement. It also contains a significant amount of iron and vitamin B6.
Bear in mind that aside from improving vision, vitamin A is important in preventing eye diseases, treating wounds and infections, as well as helping physical growth and development. When they say that carrots are the best source of this vitamin, counter them with liver instead.
Overall, we can safely say that meat and meat related products are the catalysts that will certainly help your kids grow. Just make sure that it's lean, low in fat and cholesterol, packed with other nutrients and of course, cooked and served well!