Animal Proteins are Key to Cognitive and Physical Development

Infancy, childhood, and adolescence are measured by many demanding physical and cognitive milestones. Babies’ first goals are to double their birth weight, then sit-up, crawl, and walk. We watch as toddlers learn to run, jump, and recite their ABCs. Teenagers demonstrate expanding intelligence and physical capabilities. Proper nutrition is required for the mind and body to fully develop in support of this explosive growth.

According to the USDA’s MyPlate program(1), a balanced diet of proper calories and nutrients should be made up of approximately the following:

Depending on the age and weight of a child, serving sizes and exact percentages will vary.

Between the ages of 4 and 18 years old, protein requirements can reach up to as much as 30% of total caloric intake. (2)

One of the key building blocks to achieve proper nutrition is protein. The protein food group contains the following:

Our body’s growth relies heavily on protein. Proteins, along with fats and carbohydrates, provide needed calories to our body. These added nutrients are necessary during the aggressive growth and development which occurs from birth until early adulthood.