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How To Feed Milk To Infants And Children Healthily

Author : Anita zhu

To babies, milk is the essential food in daily life, for its convenience and abundant nutrition. However, people often make some mistakes which will reduce the nutritional value of milk greatly.

Parents like to add sugar into the milk that babies drink. It is to increase the energy provided by carbohydrate. It is reasonable to add 5 to 8 grams of sugar into per 100ml milk. If the sugar is added too much, it does no good to the growth and development of infants. Too much sugar will retain the water in the body and makes the muscles and subcutaneous tissue soft and weak. But the babies will look flabby with poor resistance. The risks of some diseases such as dental caries, myopia and arteriosclerosis will also increase. So what kind of sugar should be added into milk? The best choice is sucrose. Sucrose will be broken down in digestive tract and to be absorbed as glucose. Some parents even buy glucose for children, but it is not necessary. Its low sweetness is not so easy to be accepted by children. If the sugar is added into the milk of 80 ℃ to 100 ℃, the lysine in milk will have chemical reaction with sugar to produce harmful substance glycosyl lysine. This substance will not be absorbed by human body, and it endangers the health of children. So, it is better to cool the milk to 40℃ and then dilute the sugar in it.

It is not scientific to say that children could get more nutrition from the thicker milk. In fact, the concentration of milk should be proportional to the ages. The concentration increases with the ages. If infants often drink thick milk, it will result in diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite and even acute hemorrhagic enteritis. The infants' organs are so fragile that it is easily overwhelmed by too heavy burden and pressure. If the increased concentration of nutrition exceeds the gastrointestinal tract absorption limits, the poor digestion may even damage the digestive organs.

It is extremely wrong to eat medicine with milk. Milk can significantly affect the body's absorption rate of the drug, and it makes the drug concentration in the blood obviously lower than the non-milk medication over the same time. It is also easy to form a covering membrane on drugs, making the calcium, magnesium and other minerals to have chemical reaction with drugs to produce water-insoluble substances, which not only reduces the efficacy, but also causes harm to the body. Therefore, it is better not to drink milk one or two hours before and after taking medicines.

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