Yogurt is very good for children's health, helps to supplement vitamins and supports comprehensive development. The best time to feed your baby yogurt is 30 minutes to 2 hours after dinner.

According to Dr. Ngo Thi Ha Phuong, National Institute of Nutrition, yogurt is actually fresh cow's milk or milk mixed with fresh milk formula for fermentation with beneficial intestinal bacteria strains (lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococus thermophilus). . The main process that occurs in yogurt fermentation is the conversion of lactose to glucose, which then converts these simple sugars to pyruvic acid, which then converts to lactic acid.

Yogurt has high nutritional value, contains a full range of proteins (with many essential amino acids, especially lysine), glucid, lipid, mineral salts (especially calcium) and vitamins, mainly B vitamins and minerals. A. The preciousness of yogurt is that in addition to its nutritional value, it also has good therapeutic value, especially intestinal diseases.

Yogurt provides the body with a large amount of beneficial bacteria (lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifido Bacterium), which help protect the digestive system, strengthen the resistance. There are some bacteria in yogurt that also produce antibiotics that are able to kill harmful bacteria in the gut.

Yogurt is especially suitable for the elderly, children, people who have just woken up, especially those with digestive diseases.

The effect of yogurt on the development of children

- Balance the digestive system

Yogurt contains a lot of live probiotics (also known as probiotics) that help balance the immature digestive system of young children. Therefore, yogurt helps regulate the digestive system and minimize intestinal conditions such as diarrhea, constipation....

- Helps strengthen the immune system

Yogurt is one of the foods that contains live bacteria - healthy bacteria called lactobacillus casei and lactic acid bacteria. These are bacteria that help activate immune cells, thereby helping the child's body to enhance the health of the immune system.

- Supports the development of strong bones

Yogurt provides vitamins for children and provides necessary calcium, which plays a great role in healing wounds and ensuring the health of the bone and joint system. Therefore, it helps to promote bone health, preventing osteoporosis later in life.

- Yogurt helps reduce inflammation

The lactobacillus bacteria in yogurt can help reduce inflammation that occurs throughout the body. Healthy bacteria can also reduce and prevent inflammation in the gut, helping to better support your baby's digestive system.

When should you start feeding your baby yogurt?

According to the recommendations of the National Institute of Nutrition, babies from 6 months old can start eating yogurt. However, parents should be careful not to give the baby too much food. When the weather turns cold, you can still give yogurt to your baby, but it is better to soak yogurt in such warm water as it is better for the baby's digestive system.

Although the benefits of yogurt are very good for health, adding yogurt in excess of the prescribed amount will not be fully absorbed by the body and will automatically be eliminated by the excretory system. The best time to eat yogurt is after dinner about 30 minutes to 2 hours. The reason is that from evening to midnight is the time when the body's calcium content is lowest, so it is very beneficial for the absorption of calcium in food.

Note that when using yogurt in the evening, you need to brush your teeth thoroughly because yogurt and acidic substances in milk can be harmful to teeth. You should store yogurt in the refrigerator after buying, it is best to use yogurt within 1 week after purchase. When buying, it is necessary to carefully check the expiration date of the product printed on the package to ensure that yogurt can be used safely for many days.

You can also combine fruit or nuts with yogurt for a richer snack.

In addition, if you eat too much yogurt, your child will easily face too much acid in the stomach. This phenomenon will affect the gastric mucosa and the secretion of digestive catalysts. In the long run, it will lose your baby's appetite.