When a child is tired, it’s usually because he just spent the day playing or didn’t get enough sleep. But if you’ve noticed that he is laging pagod, take a look at the food he eats — he might not be getting enough nutrients to keep him active, energized, and growing well.
The “Nutrient Intakes and Food Sources of Filipino Infants, Toddlers and Young Children are Inadequate: Findings from the National Nutrition Survey 2013” found that “inadequate nutrient intake” is prevalent among children under 5.
Among kids between ages 3 and 5, that translates to “high prevalence of inadequate intakes” for iron, calcium, vitamin C, folate, zinc, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin A, and other essential nutrients.
Meanwhile, the study also found the top 10 foods most consumed by children in this bracket to be the following:
The same study also showed that kids below 5 years old adopted diets mostly composed of limited choices of foods. It also showed that they’ve been consuming more sugar, thanks to sugar-sweetened beverages, table sugar, cookies, cakes, candy, sweet biscuits, and others.
While these foods provide energy, they may not meet 1,300 kcalorie-requirement and the complete nutrient requirements like fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals which Filipino kids ages 3 to 5 need every day.
Help your children get adequate amounts of nutrients to keep him healthy and active by following the Pinggang Pinoy food guide by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI, DOST). This guide tells you exactly how much and what kinds of food your 3- to 5-year-old child should be eating.
Pinggang Pinoy says that 3- to 5-year olds need to consume a balanced mix of Go (energy-giving), Grow (body-building), and Glow (body regulating) foods.[ads:8]
So, fill his diet with grains like rice, bread, and root crops; protein like fish, lean meat, and eggs; fresh fruits and vegetables; as well as at least one glass of age-appropriate milk and at least five glasses of water a day.
Always remember that just because your child is busog doesn’t mean he is eating right. Be mindful of what he eats and drinks to keep him strong, healthy, and energized to study and play.
Age-appropriate milk like NIDO 3+ contains vitamins and nutrients suitable for his age group. It can help him not only meet his daily nutrient requirement but also help strengthen his immune system.
The new and improved NIDO 3+ is specially designed by experts under the NutriTods program to address the growing-up needs and nutrient gaps of Filipino toddlers and preschoolers ages 3 to 5. It has 100-percent lactose as its carbohydrate source instead of table sugar.[ads:12]
NIDO 3+ is also packed with nutrients such as DHA, LA, and ALA for the brain; PREBIO3® fiber to help support healthy digestion, good and high levels of immunity nutrients (vitamins A, C, and E; zinc, selenium), and other essential nutrients to help support children’s overall growth and development. NIDO recommends giving your kids two glasses of NIDO 3+ along with three balanced meals per day to get these benefits.
Know more about toddler nutrition through this video:
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