Can My Child Take Protein Powder?

Wondering if Protein Powder is right for your child?

With the rising popularity of protein powder in the health and wellness world, you may be wondering if you need to be purchasing anything to assist with the nutritional requirements of your children.

Protein powder may not be necessary for children who are already eating a well balanced diet, although protein powder may be handy if you struggle to get your child to eat enough protein throughout the day. 

 

Why is protein important?

Protein functions as the main component of muscles and various other tissues in the body. Consuming adequate amounts of quality protein will provide the appropriate amount to maintain a suitable body composition and allow growth at the normal rate for age.

 

How much protein should your child be consuming?

Meeting protein requirements for children and infants supports healthy muscle growth and development. According to Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand, the recommended daily intake for children aged 4-8 is 20g per day. This gradually rises with age at 9-13 years, boys require 40g/day and girls require 35g/day.

Each serve of JSHealth x Nuzest Protein + Probiotics contains approximately 22g of protein. A whole serve may be too much for a child depending again on their sex, weight and age.

 

Should your child be consuming protein powder?

When it comes to children, we encourage prioritising whole food sources of protein to receive the added benefits of other nutrients such as fibre, essential for our gut health. We also understand that children can be fussy eaters and it can be difficult to get protein into their diets, which is where protein powder can be useful.

We recommend that you calculate your child’s protein requirements and suitably portion their JSHealth x Nuzest Protein + Probiotics intake. You can use the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand to calculation your Child’s protein requirements: 

https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/protein

JSHealth x Nuzest Protein + Probiotics is completely allergen free. Free from gluten, dairy, GMO’s and soy, making it suitable for even the most sensitive children. 

 

What to look for when purchasing protein powder?

The ingredient list:

Avoid using products that contain artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, preservatives, thickeners, emulsifiers, caffeine and added sugar.

 

Protein + Probiotics ingredients:

Cookies & Cream: Pea Protein Isolate (86% - 21.9g per serve), Cocoa Powder, Natural Flavour, Natural Biscuit Flavour, Natural Vanilla Cream Flavour, Natural Sweetener (Thaumatin*), Probiotics (Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG)

Cinnamon Scroll: Pea Protein Isolate (89% - 22.2g per serve), Natural Chai Flavour, Cinnamon Powder, Natural Flavour, Natural Biscuit Flavour, Natural Sweetener (Thaumatin*), Probiotics (Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG)

 

 

Enjoy making the JSHealth Power Protein Smoothie. Your kids will love it!

https://jessicasepel.com/jshealth-power-protein-smoothie/

The Protein + Probiotics is also delicious blended with banana, chia seeds, almond butter, milk of choice and even some sneaky greens which they won’t taste at all. 

 

Disclaimer: Again for young children below the age of 10, we recommend seeking advice from your healthcare practitioner before consuming protein powder. 

 

References:

  1. Rigo J, Ziegler EE (eds): Protein and Energy Requirements in Infancy and Childhood. Nestlé Nutr Workshop Ser Pediatr Program, vol 58, pp 39–50, Nestec Ltd., Vevey/S. Karger AG, Basel, © 2006. 
  2. Joanne E Arsenault, Kenneth H Brown, Effects of protein or amino-acid supplementation on the physical growth of young children in low-income countries, Nutrition Reviews, Volume 75, Issue 9, September 2017, Pages 699–717
  3. Protein | Nutrient Reference Values [Internet]. Nrv.gov.au. 2019 [cited 26 August 2019]. Available from: https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/protein