Nutrition and DietFunctional foods for children

Functional foods for children

Some time ago we talked to you about what are known as functional foods, natural foods in which some of its components have been improved or enriched, or have been eliminated.

In fact, we already know the types of functional foods that currently exist, and that we can find on the market today.

But today we want to analyze those functional foods for children specially developed and designed to provide them with vitamins, minerals and nutrients necessary for their proper development.

Functional foods for children

Surely, at some point, your pediatrician will have told you about what are known as  functional foods.

As we briefly explained to you in the previous lines, this type of food is natural product that, either one of its components has been improved or eliminated, or it has been increased or improved chemically.

At present, we can find in the market with a great variety of functional products suitable for the little ones.

For example, prebiotic foods help them to digestion correctly and their digestive system works correctly. This is due to the fact that they contain oligosaccharides that act as prebiotic agents and are resistant to digestion, which is why they reach the colon unchanged, where they are fermented by the resident microflora.

We can also opt for probiotic foods, which contain live microorganisms that, ingested in a recommended and adequate amount, are very beneficial for health.

The same happens with so-called bifidogenic foods, which promote the development of beneficial intestinal flora.

Regarding the specific functional products that we can find on the market for the little ones, we look at yogurts enriched with calcium and vitamins; fortified fruit juices; cookies rich in fiber and vitamins; and cereals fortified with calcium, fiber and vitamins, to name just a few examples.

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