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Vital substances for kids

How is a healthy children's drink structured?

Balanced food is super important - especially for children and young people. In order for them to develop well physically and mentally, they need a lot of nutrients. But be careful: conventional children's products are often not as nutritious as they should be. In many cases they are high in sugar and at the same time low in important nutrients such as magnesium. Although this fills you up for a short time, it doesn't have any good long-term effects - keyword: overweight. Excessive sugar consumption is also a main factor in the development of tooth decay.
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Grow up healthy. Important vital substances for growing children.

What goes into a healthy children's drink?

Growth & development

  • Proteins / amino acids
  • Magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3, zinc
  • Carotenoids, (lutein, zeaxanthin)

Satiety & weight control

  • Proteins / amino acids
  • Dietary fibre (inulin, maize dextrin)

Attention & concentration

  • Proteins / amino acids
  • Magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3, zinc
  • B vitamins
  • L-carnitine, lecithin
  • Milk protein hydrolysate
  • Carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin)

Immune system & resilience

  • Proteins / amino acids
  • Prebiotics (inulin)
  • Magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3, vitamin C, zinc, selenium

Grow up healthy – tips on nutrition for children

General nutritional principles:

  • Drink enough water or sugar-free tea
  • Caffeinated drinks such as cola, iced tea and coffee are not suitable
  • Enjoy different colours of fruit and vegetables every day
  • Their plate doesn't need to be empty – children have a good sense of hunger and satiety
  • Don't go to school without breakfast. If you're not hungry – a delicious shake is quick to prepare and drink

Pay attention to this:

  • Parents are role models when it comes to nutrition
  • Let children help with cooking and preparation
  • Eat together, take your time
  • Create a good atmosphere at the table (avoid controversial topics)
  • Never use food as a consolation, reward or punishment
  • Reduce screen time (no smartphones/tablets at the table)
  • Take plenty of exercise outdoors

Tips from the Swiss Society for Nutrition (sge), Child nutrition fact sheet.