Can I reshape my child’s future health today?
[Editor's note: This is a press release from Nestlé Philippines]
MANILA, Philippines – The earlier years of a child require a lot of attention, as these are the times wherein they can become most vulnerable. It is important to be able to watch the food that they take in to help build a strong foundation for life.
What is optimized protein?
Optimized protein is a high quality and lower quantity protein that helps support normal growth and development and appropriate weight gain. There are whey proteins broken down into smaller pieces through a technology called partial hydrolysis. These have reduced allergenicity and are much easier to digest.
How does optimized protein allow parents to reshape their child’s future today?
The quality and amount of proteins a child gets today can help build a nutritional foundation for life. By giving optimized protein, parents can do even more good to their child’s health.
Obesity and Protein
Based on the 2013 National Nutrition Survey of the Food and Nutrition Institute (FNRI), the rate of overweight children in the Philippines has nearly doubled in the past 30 years. Given that *70-90% of the excess weight of these overweight children is gained before primary school, they should be given milk that can help in their nutritional management at an early age. But did you know that **protein from dairy sources like cow’s milk is associated with a child’s later body fatness? The ***quantity of protein that is given to a child may affect his or her risk for obesity. This is why it is recommended to give milk with optimized protein to support normal growth and development and appropriate weight gain.
Allergies and Protein
Through the unique milk technology called partial hydrolysis from the NESTLÉ Research Center in Switzerland, certain whey proteins are broken down into smaller pieces, making them less allergenic and much easier to digest.
It’s good to remember that not all hydrolyzed formulas are the same. Choose the one with 100% partially hydrolyzed whey protein, a kind of optimized protein that is known for reduced allergenicity and is easier to digest.
Which milk products contain optimized protein?
NESTLÉ NANKID® OPTIPRO® HW FOUR and NESTLÉ NANKID® OPTIPRO® FOUR are powdered milk drinks for children 3 years old and above, providing optimized protein, high quality and lower quantity protein and other essential nutrients to help support normal growth and development and appropriate weight gain.
In addition to normal growth and development and appropriate weight gain, NESTLÉ NANKID® OPTIPRO® HW FOUR promotes easier digestion of milk protein with its 100% partially hydrolyzed whey proteins.
*Deheeger M et al, 2005. DONALD Study.
** The Early Bird Diabetes Study Devon
*** Koletzko et al. The EU Childhood Obesity Project, Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2009