A new study has shown that children who receive meat sauce, grow better.
The findings, published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” suggests that meats such as pork, can be an important source of much needed protein in the diet of the infant during the transition to solid food.
“Meat provides important micronutrients and is an excellent source of protein. It can be an important complementary product for babies ready for solid food. Our study suggests that the introduction of higher quantities of protein and meat such as pork, in the diet of the child at the age of 5 months, may be potentially beneficial to improve growth,” said the study’s lead author Minghua Tang, associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado in Denver, USA.
In a study of a small group of healthy infants receiving the mixture, fed additional meat products such as ham and beef, or additional dairy products at the age from 5 to 12 months, increasing protein intake from 2 to 3 grams per kilogram of body weight every day.
While the amount of protein increased, the amount of calories and fats remained the same in the meat and dairy groups, regardless of the source of protein.
The researchers found that meat contributed to the growth. Children who eat meat have had more than 2.54 cm growth at the age of 12 months, compared with children who consumed dairy products. Thus, they were not observed increase in the risk of overweight.