I was just speaking with a client the other day, who was genuinely surprised to learn that adequate protein intake is seriously important for brain function. Whether for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, infants, toddlers, children or adults — protein and the 9 essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make by themselves, is needed for your brain’s cognitive activities as well as other processes.
Many children with learning disorders, spectrum disorders and other concentration problems have been studied to have a tendency to be lacking in protein in their nutritional intake. Oftentimes with fussy eaters, it can be due to a refusal to eat certain foods, that their overall nutrition is lacking in adequate protein.
Sneaking in protein with snacks, and at each meal is very important. And yes it’s also possible to go the other way — too much protein, causing stress on the kidneys and digestive functions as well.
Finding that balance between protein intake, particularly in terms of suitably for the child’s weight, height, and growing rate with health concerns, is really important.