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Top 5 Nutrients Essential for Schoolgoers

09 May 2019

All essential nutrients must be included in the diet of schoolgoers for their right growth and development. Have a quick look at the top 5 nutrients essential for schoolgoers.

Every human body requires nutrients to function. While a body needs all the nutrients in some quantity, some nutrients are required in a larger quantity than others. The reason why different diet plans are made for different people is because some need an excess of one nutrient, like body builders need excess of protein, while some require an excess of vitamin. Nutrient intake depends on a person’s lifestyle.

Children, especially those who have started going to school, require all kinds of nutrients in their daily diet, in order to ensure proper growth of their body as well as mind. Mothers are therefore, always worried about the type of nutrients that are required in larger quantities for their school going children. To help mothers, below is given a list of the top five nutrients that are essential for schoolgoers.

Carbohydrates

It is the common advice these days to reduce the amount of carbohydrate intake. But carbohydrate is the nutrient that supplies most of the energy to the body. Carbohydrate consumption may have certain negative consequences in adults but schoolgoers require an amount of carbohydrate in their diets.

Schoolgoers burn a lot of energy in school, at the playground, in the classroom and even at home. Carbohydrates aid the child’s body to utilize the fat and protein that helps in building up tissue cells and repairing damaged ones. Carbohydrates have many forms, like sugar, fiber and starch. Children should be given more of the fiber and starch based carbohydrates than the sugar based ones. Food items that have high levels of carbohydrates: Breads, Cereals, Crackers, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice etc.

Protein

Schoolgoers’ bodies go through a lot of physical stress. This is the time for them to play hard and study hard. All this physical stresses lead to weakening of Protein increasing the chances of infections and diseases.

Schoo goers in their active bodies, get a lot of cell damages and they also require a lot of energy for their activities. Protein takes care of all these. It helps the body fight infections, regenerate cells, decomposes food to release energy and also helps in supplying oxygen to the body. Foods with high protein content: Dairy products, Eggs, Nuts, Meat, Fish, Beans etc.

Calcium

School going age is an age of growth. This is the period that your child develops and matures physically and mentally. The child has bone growth and also at an earlier age, growth of permanent teeth. The principle constituent of bones and teeth is calcium.

Hence, calcium is required in high quantities in the body to ensure proper growth and development.  Apart from these, calcium also aids in clotting of blood, if the child is wounded. It ensures smooth functioning of the neurons, the muscles and the heart. Foods with high calcium are: Yogurt, Egg yolks, Milk, Spinach, Cheese, Ice cream, Broccoli, Tofu etc.

Vitamin C

Children will inadvertently get some kind of infection and the most common type is cold and coughs. They might get it from their play mates or due to weather changes, getting wet in the rain or drinking cold water. Vitamin C is essential for fighting the common cold. It destroys the viruses. Apart from that it helps bind the cells together, increases the strength of blood vessel walls, heals wounds and aids in bone building.  Foods with high Vitamin C are: Citrus fruits, Melons, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Mangos, and Cabbage etc.

Iron

Iron is the basic constituent of blood cells. The iron in the blood aids in supplying oxygen to all the body cells, keeping them healthy. Iron is essential for building a child’s healthy body. Foods with iron: Liver, Beans, Red meat, Nuts, Poultry etc.

These nutrients will help your schoolgoers stay fit and healthy and handle the rigours of school life.