Studies show that almost 70% of boys and girls in their pre-adolescent years are NOT consuming the daily-recommended amount of protein servings in a day as recommended in the My Plate model. This is an important phase in their growth and development where proper nutritStudies show that almost 70% of boys and girls in their pre-adolescent years are NOT consuming the daily-recommended amount of protein servings in a day as recommended in the My Plate model. This is an important phase in their growth and development where proper nutrition plays an important role in building a strong body and mind. Here are some facts that will have you wanting to beef up your child’s protein intake;
* Build Better Brains with Beef *
Among healthy school-age children, increasing zinc intake has been demonstrated to improve cognitive performance. In fact, research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests zinc has a role in improving recall skills, reasoning, psychomotor function and attention.
Sandstead HH, Penland JG, Alcock NW, Dayal HH, Chen XC, Li JS, Zhao F, Yang JJ. Effects of repletion with zinc and other micronutrients on neuropsychological performance and growth of Chinese children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1998; 68(2 Suppl):470S-475S.
* Smart Food for Teens *
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, diets rich in lean beef can help teenagers maintain their levels of useable iron, teach important balanced eating habits and dispel misperceptions that healthy diets can’t taste good.
Snetselaar L, Stumbo P, Chenard C, Ahrens L, Smith K, Zimmerman B. Adolescents eating diets rich in either lean beef or lean poultry and fish reduced fat and saturated fat intake and those eating beef maintained serum ferritin status. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2004; 104(3):424-8.
* Iron to Battle ADHD *
A report in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that 84 percent of children studied who had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) also had abnormal iron stores. In addition, researchers found the children with the lowest iron stores had the most severe ADHD symptoms. Researchers suggest these children could benefit from additional iron intake.
Konofal E, Lecendreux M, Arnulf I, Mouren MC. Iron deficiency in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2004; 158(12):1113-5.
* Satisfy Hunger with High-Quality Protein *
Numerous studies have shown that dietary protein is more satiating than carbohydrates and fat. A study, “Inadequate Dietary Protein Increases Hunger and Desire to Eat in Younger and Older Men,” published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that protein intake below the Recommended Dietary Allowance can lead to increased hunger and a desire to eat among men.
Apolzan JW, Carnell NS, Mattes RD, Campbell WW. Inadequate Dietary Protein Increases Hunger and Desire to Eat in Younger and Older Men. Journal of Nutrition, 2007;137(6):1478-82.