The Role Of Cheese In A Child’s Diet


Kids love cheese, no doubt.  They love to eat a lot of it. Also, you must have seen many parents feed their children with cheese when they don’t drink milk. The reason is they have several nutrients.

Nutrients in Cheese

  • Calcium

For bone health, a diet rich in calcium is much needed It reduces the risk of fractures.

  • Potassium

This mineral is important for child’s growth and its deficiency will result in loss of bone density, muscle weakness and irregular heartbeats.

  • Protein

Boosts mood and  helps perform better in studies. Deficiency in protein would lead to low energy levels and fatigue. Less protein in the body would reduce the immunity.

  • Vitamin D

Helps in development of strong bones. It’s also necessary to absorb calcium and phosphorus. Deficiency in this vitamin can lead to soft bones. Its known as sunshine vitamin.

What to look for while buying cheese for your child?

As a parent you also need to be aware of the fact that cheese has fat, saturated fat as well as cholesterol. Therefore, check the nutritional facts on the labels; compare labels of different brand before buying. Look for a product made from

  • Low-fat milk
  • Low in sodium
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Vitamin D – minimum 10%
  • Calcium – minimum 20 to 25%

Cheese or Milk- which is better

There is more calories in processed-cheese than milk. If your child is on the leaner side and requires a few pounds, the cheese is an good option. However, if the child is leaning towards obesity, cut down on the intake of cheese and serve milk.

Milk provides more vitamin D than cheese. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to many complications. So persuade your child to take milk instead of cheese.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports that this diary product strengthens the child’s teeth. Some varieties such as Cheddar, Swiss, and mozzarella stimulate the salivary glands and controls the acid creation that wears away the enamel of the teeth.

There should be a healthy balance of consumption of diary products. Too much of anything can be harmful to child. As a parent you need to know what is good for your child.