By Prossy Nandudu
As holidays start, parents have been asked to include dairy products like yoghurt to reduce snacking at home while boasting their immunity. The call was made by Dr Sabrina Kitaka, a senior pediatrician in an interview on Friday.
According to Kitaka, snacking may not be bad for children however most snacks contain unprocessed sugar, some have a higher fat content, leading to weight gain among children. This has been noticed among children between the ages of 5 to 12.
She however advises that parents should include dairy products such as yoghurt in children meals for a balanced diet this holiday season.
“Whether Flavored, plain or fruity, Yoghurt is a nutrient-packed snack that supplies the body with calcium, protein and minerals, vitamins including Potassium, Phosphorus and Magnesium, needed for body growth,” said Kitaka.
“Food nutrients found in milk yoghurt include Calcium is good for bone and teeth development, while proteins support body growth and muscle development, Vitamin D supports the development of strong borne, preventing the risk of osteoporosis a condition in which bones become weak and brittle,” said Kitaka.
In terms of accessibility, Vicent Omoth, the marketing manager of Fresh Dairy said yoghurt is produced by almost all dairy processing facilities across the country, which makes the product readily available.
He added the yoghurt is packed in different sizes to make it more affordable. The Packaging is in 450g, 250g, 150g, 100g among others.