The Benefits of Beef in Children’s Development
Have you ever wondered if beef is needed for your child to develop properly? The internet is flooded with so much information these days on what foods a child should eat or not eat in order to develop properly so it’s easy to feel misguided, overwhelmed, and confused.
One thing is for sure, people of all ages and stages need protein in order to function! Children need a well-balanced diet that includes protein so they can grow and develop. Do you remember when the food pyramid came along? This handy visual shows the need of all foods including protein (beef included).
A child needs 2-3 servings of protein a day and they can eat it from a variety of sources, but did you know there is value in children eating beef? Yes, beef! Here’s how beef’s nutrients can help in a child’s development:
Iron - this nutrient is needed for your child to have energy and it carries oxygen through your child's blood to their internal organs
Zinc - this nutrient is vital for the normal growth and development of the reproductive organs and brain and plays a role in the normal functioning of the immune system and many other processes in the body
Vitamin B12 - this nutrient is essential for your child's neurological development and cell growth
As you can see beef contains nutrients for your children’s growth and development. No need to question your child eating beef or not as studies have shown that consumption of protein including beef is crucial for development. So, go ahead, serve your child a delicious hamburger, roast, or steak while they reap in the benefits of beef for their development. (and you could enjoy some too!)
If you have struggled with your child eating beef, then stay tuned for a future post on tips and tricks for getting a child to eat beef!
What is your favorite beef recipe to make for the children in your life? (comment below!)
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We get asked a lot how the whole process of Oak Barn Beef works! How fun it is to dive in and answer that question. If you want to read how our family farm produces premium beef, that is dry aged by a local small town butcher, this blog post is for you! Here's a summary...
Buying dry aged beef means that you are buying less water resulting in more nutrient dense beef. This is because during the dry aging process. The beef actually loses water, hence “dry aging” the beef is drying out. Now when it is worded like that it may seem like the beef your buying will be less juicy and not as satisfying. This is not true because marbling (if a high quality steak) will create a ready to melt-in-your-mouth as it is cooked to perfection.