For years, PROMIL® FOUR has helped parents nurture the gift through proper care, parenting and nutrition. Listed as the first ingredient in its Nutritional Facts label, non-fat milk is this formula milk’s first component, which is preferred for children over 3 years old since it eliminated unnecessary fatty acids and kept the other milk components like lactose, according to a food scientist.
“All of these nutrients are expressed through the Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake of children, based on the guidelines of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute,” Dr. Lotis Francisco explained. “So, if the Protein Content in the milk indicates 30 percent, then your child needs 70 percent more from other food sources to meet his or her daily RENI.”
PROMIL®FOUR is the only formula milk with NUTRISSENTIALS®, which contains DHA, AA, Lutein, Iodine and Iron to help support brain and visual development. It has Vitamin A for healthy eye development and Zinc for normal growth and maintaining a healthy immune system.
The milk has Niacin that aids in metabolism and Biotin that enhances energy for physical development. It also has Potassium, which promotes healthy muscles.
Other milk brands use other key ingredients like hydrolyzed cornstarch that serves as an agent to retain milk’s sensory properties and functions as a source of carbohydrates with also its sucrose content. With these ingredients, the child’s milk would look and feel like that of a regular one when consumed and is much sweeter than the recommended.
“In some cases, it’s easy to identify the right formula milk for your child if you take time to read and understand the labels,” Dr. Francisco said. “It might seem complicated at first but, it can help you make good choices for your child’s growth and development.”
The Nutritional Facts label appears in a tabulated form. This declares the protein, carbohydrates, fats sodium, as well as the caloric content of the milk.
Carbohydrates include dietary fibers and sugars while fats include saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Added Vitamin A, Iron, and Iodine, as well as other vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids are also included in the tabulation.
The Nutritional Facts label only indicates an aggregated sugar content so high sugar levels do not necessarily imply poor quality. Among the types of sugar added in formula milk include sucrose, also referred to as table sugar and starches, which are added to replace some or all of the lactose naturally found in milk.
It is still better to check the type of sugar used in the child’s milk, according to Dr. Francisco noted. For the child’s proper growth and mental development, PROMIL® Four is predominantly lactose with its non-fat milk as the main ingredient.
Check if milk’s macronutrients, namely protein, fat and carbohydrates, are at the right level for children over 3 years old. Based on FNRI’s Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes, the child’s milk per serving should have Protein within 6-15 percent of total energy, Fat within 15-30 percent of total energy and Carbohydrates within 55-79 percent of total energy to be within the acceptable macronutrient distribution range (AMDR).
Below recommended range may stunt child’s growth and drain energy, while above may cause the risk of obesity. To support proper growth and mental development, it is preferred for these nutrients to be within range. For PROMIL®FOUR, it gives 15 percent total energy from its protein content, 30 percent total energy from fats and 55 percent total energy from carbohydrates.
To learn more about PROMIL® Four, visit www.promilnurturethegift.com.ph.