Welcome to the kid's corner! If vegetables are a tough sell for some children, imagine their response to the directive, “Eat your probiotics!”
For many, it would be skeptical at best. While an explanation that they are consuming “friendly bacteria” probably won’t help, early research does show that, like bushy broccoli and crunchy carrots, probiotics can provide important health benefits to children.
“Probiotics may help children have fewer colds, need fewer antibiotics and miss fewer days of school,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, lDn, American Dietetic Association spokesperson and author of The Flexitarian Diet.
And while probiotics appear to benefit most people, Blatner says there may be added benefits for the young. “Because a child’s immune system is still in development, probiotics may be even more helpful in childhood than in adulthood, to help kids better fight off sickness.”
So—how do you entice your picky eater into consuming a daily dose of bacteria? Delicious Kefir, which is available in a wide array of flavors, may be the yummiest source of probiotics around. Plus, Kefir contains protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals that help your kids grow up strong.
Who knows, maybe one day soon children will start requesting probiotics for dessert.
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