Parents’ opinion on milk
Drinking milk is common in every Indian household for a good reason. Milk is considered a rich source of nourishment – it has high amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Parents include milk in their child’s diet for myriad health benefits from stronger bones and teeth to brain development. However, most parents tend to think that cow’s milk is the only source of calcium and an important drink for children. But is it the best option out there for growing children?
Options in cow’s milk - A1 versus A2 milk
There is a difference in the amount of amino acid in these types of milk. Several studies suggest that A1 cow’s milk has A1 casein and Beta-Lactoglobulin, making it unfit for consumption for those suffering from lactose intolerance. Consuming A1 cow’s milk leads to indigestion, bloating, gas, and diarrhoea in such people. On the contrary, A2 milk (containing A2 betacasein) has been gaining traction as a safer choice recently. However, many doctors suggest that children with medically diagnosed allergy to cow’s milk should avoid drinking both A1 and A2 milk. Additionally, due to the high-fat content in cow’s milk, it can also contribute to excess weight gain in children.
Given such facts, it is imperative for parents to look for a substitute for their children that will provide them with vital vitamins and nutrients needed by their body and brain while they are growing up.
Due to the high-fat content in cow’s milk, it can contribute to excess weight gain in children.
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