Health Desk--6th May, 2018: A new research said higher protein diet such as pureed meat can improve infants’ early length growth.
The findings, suggest that meat, such as pork, can be an important source of much-needed protein in an infant’s diet during the transition to solid foods.
“Meat, such as pork, provides important micronutrients, is an excellent source of protein and can be an important complementary food for infants who are ready for solid foods,” said lead study author Minghua Tang, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz, in the US.
While the protein increased, both calories and fat intakes stayed the same between the meat and dairy groups, regardless of protein source. The researchers found the pureed meats promoted a greater rate of growth — with length of nearly one inch greater compared to the dairy-fed group at 12 months of age, with no increase in risk of being overweight at the completion of the seven-month study.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.