Attention to all superhero parents! When it comes to fueling your little ones’ superpowers it’s crucial to ensure they get the right nutrients. Today, we are shining the spotlight on two important nutrients that often fly under the radar: Choline and Iron. Let’s dive a little deeper into why these nutrients are essential for your little ones’ well-being!
Choline: The Brain Best Friend
Get ready to unlock the superhero potential of your kids’ brains with Choline. It is like a secret agent. Choline is needed to support acetylcholine
Iron: Powering Super Growth
When it comes to growth and energy, iron takes center stage. Iron is the superhero mineral that helps produce red blood cells and transport oxygen throughout the body(3). Approximately 12% of infants aged 6-11 months in the U.S. have inadequate iron intake(4), and nearly 7% of children aged 1-5y are estimated to be iron deficient – or roughly 1.35 million children in the US(5). This is more than twice the population of Washington, DC(6)! Iron deficiency can have negative effects on cognitive development among infants and can lead to fatigue and weakened immunity (4, 7). With enough iron, your little ones will have the energy to play, explore and be their superhero selves.
Bridging the Gap
- Superhero meals: Create meals that are not only delicious but also packed with choline and iron. Whip up omelets with choline-rich eggs, add spinach to smoothies, and sneak beans into their favorite dishes. Your little heroes won’t even know they are getting their nutrient power-ups! You can also let your kids participate in meal preparation, making it a fun and educational experience
- Encourage exploration: Introduce new foods to your kids’ palates by offering a variety of choline and iron-rich options. Create a sense of adventure and curiosity around trying new flavors and textures
- Supplement Sidekick: If you are concerned about nutrient gaps, consider teaming up with a pediatrician or a registered dietitian to find the right supplements for your child.
Don’t let nutrient gaps hinder your kids’ health, optimal growth, and development. By addressing nutrient gaps in choline and iron, you are giving them more resources to improve their health journey. Remember, it’s all about providing nutrient-rich meals, exploring delicious food options, and ensuring they have the energy and power to conquer anything that comes their way. Together, let’s nourish our little heroes and watch them soar to greatness.
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2.) USDA, Agricultural Research Service, 2021. Usual Nutrient Intake from Food and Beverages, by Gender and Age, What We Eat in America, NHANES 2015-2018 Available at: http://www.ars.usda.gov/nea/bhnrc/fsrg
3.) Institute of Medicine, 2005. https://nap.nationalacademies.org/read/10490/chapter/1
5.) CDC, 2nd National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the US Population, 2012. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nutritionreport/pdf/Nutrition_Book_complete508_final.pdf
7.) Lozoff B, Beard J, Connor J, Barbara F, Georgieff M, Schallert T. Long-lasting neural and behavioral effects of iron deficiency in infancy. Nutr Rev. 2006;64(5 Pt 2):S34-S91. doi:10.1301/nr.2006.may.s34-s43