The health benefits of peanut butter for children include good supply of protein for body development, good supply of essential fats for brain development, supply of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and supply of resveratrol which is good for the immune system. Peanut butter, a breakfast spread is so popular that it is almost a household item and without it most people’s breakfast is not complete. In the United States alone, peanuts and peanut butter are consumed to the extent of 1.5 billion pounds every year.
As many people believe, the making peanut butter is neither new nor was it invented in modern United States or in the Europe. But, it was first made by Aztecs, one of native American groups, thousands of years ago. Peanuts are believed to be the native to American soil and it was convenient for the Aztec to make roast and ground peanuts during high peanut season and consume it for the rest of the year.
Peanut butter is a high risk food for babies under the age of 1 year. The risk of developing peanut allergy is high in babies and hence, it is recommended not to give infants, younger than 1 year of age peanut butter. Only after your baby is at least 1½ years old, you might want to try peanut butter. By the time your baby attains 1½ years or 2 years his or her digestive system grows strong enough and the immune responses to new foods will subside. But, keeping the disadvantages aside, if you look at the advantages, peanut butter is one of the best foods that you can think of, for your child.
Is Milk Healthy?
The recent upsurge of interest in food allergies has also seen unprecedented numbers of people abandoning the dairy foods they were told were good for them as a child. But nutritionists are extremely concerned about the growing trend. They claim many of the theories used to justify banning milk from the diet have no scientific basis.
There is also evidence to show that a high proportion of people who believe they have milk allergies or intolerances are misdiagnosed. This, nutritionists claim, is leading to dangerous numbers of people passing over one of the most important sources of nutrients in their diet – and will store up health problems in later life.
Dairy products contain a wide range of important vitamins. But nutritionists are most concerned that banning dairy products will lead many people to suffer calcium deficiency – and therefore poor bone health – because milk, yoghurts and cheese are the best sources of easily absorbed calcium in the diet.
A recent survey by the Food Standards Agency showed that teenagers’ calcium intakes have slumped to an all-time low – with only one in five 11-14 year-olds getting enough in their diet.