5 healthy reasons to add more butter to your child's diet just like little Krishna

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Did you know that butter contains Arachidonic Acid (AA), which is crucial for brain function and maintenance of healthy cellular structure?

Butter has faced the wrath of dietitians and doctors across the world for quite sometime now. But, the truth is this favourite food of little Krishna is not that bad as portrayed and, in fact, a little butter every day would not be that harmful.

As far as kids are concerned, they need all the energy in the world to run around throughout the day and omitting healthy fats like the ones that are found in butter would not be a good idea. It would be, in fact, a better idea to give fresh homemade butter to your child instead of buying from the market as it is bereft of additives and harmful chemicals.

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"Lord Krishna's favourite food is healthy. Rich in anti-ageing enzymes and vitamin A, white butter or makhan provides healthy calories, helps fight infections, boosts immunity and most importantly helps develop the brain and nervous system in children. So, the next time you decide to shun white butter from your child's meal, remember the "Food of God's" might just be the best thing happening to your little ones, " says Dhrishti Bijlani, Consulting Nutritionist and Clinical Dietitian, a Weight loss expert and a certified Diabetes Educator.

Here are five other reasons why you should add a little butter to your child's diet:

1. Is packed with healthy calories: Kids need a lot of calories to complete the thousand tasks in a day and butter would provide them with that much-needed energy. Butter contains a lot of healthy saturated fats which help raise HDL (good) cholesterol.

"Butter is a fatty acid source, excellent for the immune system and the gastrointestinal tract, homemade butter is supportive against gut infections in children, good for digestion and also anti-carcinogenic. A great source of healthy cholesterol, butter is crucial for the proper growth and development of children and is needed to synthesise naturally occurring steroids in the body that are needed for heart issues as well as mental illness,"says Bijlani.

Butter also contains medium chain fats that help improve satiety. A lot of these healthy saturated fats that have strong anti-tumour and anti-cancer properties

2.Is loaded with vitamins: There are a lot of fat soluble vitamins in butter such as vitamins A, E and K2, which can be beneficial, especially to those kids who do not eat meat. While Vitamin A is necessary for thyroid and adrenal health, vitamin E keeps your child's eyes healthy.

Continue reading on the next page to read about other health benefits of butter!

Vitamin K2 plays a key role in helping the blood clot, preventing excessive bleeding and is very important for kids who keep getting cuts and bruises across their body.

3. Helps develop the brain and the nervous system in kids: Butter contains Arachidonic Acid (AA), which is crucial for brain function and maintenance of healthy cellular structure. It also helps in the proper development of child’s brain.

Butter also contains a unique form of highly absorbable form of Vitamin , which helps in the proper functioning of the synapses. The synapses is the portion between 2 nerves and helps in relaying information to and fro from the brain.

4. Helps fight infections: Butter has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can be useful in fighting minor illnesses such as stomach ailments, cold, diarrhea and flu. As you know, these illnesses are very common in kids.

5. Boosts your immune system: Butter is composed of healthy saturated fats that helps in the absorption of calcium, phosphorous and vitamin A and D, which help in boosting your child's immunity.

"Butter can be added to your child's diet daily and this will ensure all of the above fabulous health benefits. You can add them to your vegetables, rice, in cooking other food items and also baking. Don't forget to nourish your child for Health and Happiness,"adds Bijlani.

Also Read: 4 Desi foods that you can easily make at home for your kids

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