Healthy, high-fi­bre snack for chil­dren

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IT was re­cently re­ported that one in every seven chil­dren in Malaysia is af­fected by obe­sity, a se­ri­ous meta­bolic dis­or­der that can lead to Type 2 di­a­betes and a weak­ened im­mune sys­tem.

Ac­cord­ing to the Malaysian Di­etary Guide­lines, fi­bre is an un­der-con­sumed nu­tri­ent for all age groups.

Fi­bres, which are in­di­gestible car­bo­hy­drates, of­fer an ar­ray of health ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing im­proved di­ges­tive health and sati­ety as well as lax­a­tion to pro­mote reg­u­lar bow­els, un­der­lin­ing the im­por­tance of ad­e­quate in­take.

The Malaysian Health Min­istry has es­tab­lished a daily rec­om­mended daily in­take for fi­bre at 20g to 30g, but lo­cal stud­ies found that the av­er­age fi­bre in­take of most Malaysians is only 13g to 16g per day (4).

The break­fast ce­real para­dox

Did you know, most com­mer­cially avail­able break­fast ce­re­als may have low fi­bre den­sity and hence, do not ef­fec­tively in­crease chil­dren’s fi­bre in­take level?

In­di­vid­u­als who eat ce­real con­sume only 1g of fi­bre more than chil­dren who skip break­fast or con­sumed other food for break­fast (1, 3).

Ef­fects of fi­bre in­take on chil­dren’s health

The most ob­vi­ous link be­tween di­etary fi­bre and obe­sity is through its ef­fects on en­ergy in­take con­trol.

Chil­dren who eat a high-fi­bre diet tend to eat lesser en­ergy-dense food such as can­dies, potato chips, choco­late bars and ice cream.

Con­sis­tent ben­e­fits of di­etary fi­bre in body weight con­trol and di­ges­tive health among chil­dren and adults are proven through in­creas­ing its con­sump­tion.

Fi­bre treat­ment is the first op­tion by pae­di­atric ex­perts for chronic con­sti­pa­tion in healthy chil­dren, be­fore re­sort­ing to lax­a­tives (2).

In ac­cor­dance with the Malaysian Di­etary Guide­lines for Chil­dren and Ado­les­cents, it is highly ad­vis­able for ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially par­ents, to iden­tify and give only ce­real food that is high in fi­bre, low in fat and con­tains less sugar and sodium to their chil­dren.

High-fi­bre, high-pro­tein snack for you and your kids

Give your chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to savour fi­bre-rich food such as Biogrow Oat BG22 Crispy Ce­real Snack Pack in a va­ri­ety ofways.

Start your morn­ings with the high-fi­bre, high-pro­tein snack with fresh fruits, milk and yo­ghurt or snack straight from the packet when­ever your kid gets hun­gry.

One packet (15g) of Oat BG22 Crispy Ce­real Snack Pack pro­vides 3.3g of to­tal fi­bre and 2g pro­tein with only 51 calo­ries.

It is made from oat bran in Ger­many and is also rich in iron and mag­ne­sium.

Take one or two pack­ets of Oat BG22 Crispy Ce­real Snack Pack a day to in­crease daily fi­bre in­take and get enough hy­dra­tion.

High fi­bre in­take has been as­so­ci­ated with bowel reg­u­lar­ity, im­proved di­ges­tive func­tion and nor­mal body weight.

Ref­er­ences

(1) Kranz et al., Nutr vol. 3: 47-53, 2012. (2) Walia et. al., Curr Opin Pe­di­atr. 2009; 21:661–6.

(3) M. Brauchla et. al., Health 6 (2014) 115222.

(4) Ng TKW, Mal J Nutr 3: 137-147, 1997.

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The Biogrow Oat BG22 Crispy Ce­real Snack Pack is rich in iron and mag­ne­sium.

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