Protein is a vital nutrient needed for proper development and often times is overlooked in a child’s diet.
Proteins provide amino acids, the building blocks of growth for children to produce things like enzymes and hormones, build muscle tissue, skin and bones and transport nutrients. Unlike other protein sources, animal protein is the only complete protein, providing the nine essential amino acids to healthy development.
These nutrients first go to maintain vital body functions and then toward physical growth and development. Lastly, proteins go toward brain development. This is why adequate protein is needed to maintain not only physical growth and development, but brain development.
A child can look normal but may not be getting sufficient nutrients for normal brain development leading to learning problems, cognitive thinking issues, social and behavioral disorders. This is why the highly nutritive, high quality meat protein is so vital for young, developing children.