The cheesy truth

By admin
03 April 2014

Cheese is a delicious and quick snack for both moms and kids. For mom, however, it’s sometimes detrimental to the hips. So what about for your kids? We speak to a dietician.

Cheese is a delicious and quick snack for both moms and kids. For mom, however, it’s sometimes detrimental to the hips. So what about for your kids?

Dietician Lila Bruk says cheese is good for children because it’s high in calcium and protein. Calcium builds strong bones and teeth. However, she warns, hard cheeses such as Gouda and Cheddar are high in saturated fat.

“Cheese is a great option for kids due to the high protein and calcium content. It is also convenient as a snack for kids and very portable if you get the pre-wrapped blocks,” says Bruk.

She says a child can have up to three servings of cheese a day. A serving would be about the size of a matchbox of hard cheese or two tablespoons of cottage cheese.

She recommends you have reduced-fat hard cheeses and low-fat or fat-free cottage cheeses as the best options if you’re watching your own or your child’s weight but be careful before you put your child on a diet.

“If you are concerned about your child's weight it is always best to consult a registered dietician to discuss whether your child needs to lose weight and how to go about it,” says Bruk.

Children don’t need to worry about packing on the kilograms if they’re having the specified servings a day, but remember, too much of anything is never a good thing.

-Shandukani Mulaudzi

Find Love!

Men
Women