Is Whey Protein Safe for Children

Protein is found in the following foods: meat, poultry, fish, legumes, tofu, eggs, nuts, seeds, milk products, grains, and some vegetables and fruit. Protein is made up of amino acids (building blocks for our body).

Like most, my children are picky eaters and a lot of the time may not be getting enough amino acids in their diet.  To help this in my household, we supplement our children with whey protein. Protein shakes are a regular staple drink/food for my entire family.  Not only do we add whey protein to our shakes, it also gets sprinkled or stirred in our oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt, applesauce, smoothies, and even mashed potatoes.

Our kidneys and livers help in protein filtration and waste removal, so too much protein could harm your child’s kidneys and liver over a period of time.  That’s why it’s important to know a child’s recommended daily intake. To help you out, here is a daily recommended protein allowance chart (taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  

Children ages 1-3: 13 grams

Children ages 4-8: 19 grams

Children ages 9-13: 34 grams

Girls ages 14-18: 46 grams

Boys ages 14-18: 52 grams

Whey protein comes from cow’s milk so if your child is lactose intolerant, you may want to consider a soy protein powder.

Remember, although whey protein is a great way to supplement your children’s diet, it shouldn’t be used as a complete replacement. Protein derived from food is the best you can give your children. As always, consult your doctor before adding whey protein to your child’s diet.

2017-04-27T12:32:34+00:00

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Nichelle Laus
I am the owner of Optimum Training Centre, certified personal trainer, published fitness model, figure competitor, transformation and competition coach, kickboxing instructor, motivational speaker, and a proud Mom of 4 young boys. I recently resigned from my 15 year career as a police officer to pursue my love of health and fitness.

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  1. whey protein April 21, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Protein tozu kas geliştirmez, sadece verilen enerjinin bir kısmının geri kazanılmasını sağlar. Doktorlar da çok fazla protein tozu önermez. Onun yerine protein bakımından zengin olan yumurta ve sütü önermektedirler. Doğal besinler normal alındığı sürece herhangi bir ek gıdaya ihtiyaç duyulmaması söylüyorlar. Aynı zamanda spermlerin daha kalitesiz olması, aşırı protein tozu kullanılmasından kaynaklandığını belirten araştırmalar da yapılmıştır. Araştırmalar protein tozunun düzenli kullanılmasında herhangi bir problemin olmadığını ve doktor kontrolünde alınması gerektiğini gösteriyor. Protein tozunun sabahları aç karnına alınmasının, aç kalmış vücuda daha etkili olduğu ve etkili şekilde vücuda işlendiğini belirtebiliriz. Protein tozu gym salonları, eczaneler ya da vücut geliştirme malzemeleri satan mağazalardan rahat bir şekilde alınabilmektedir.

    • Nichelle Laus June 17, 2014 at 7:07 am - Reply

      Sorry I don’t have a translator but I will leave your comment on here in hopes that it is informative to everyone else that can read it. Thank you for your comment!

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