Expert recommends “Triple Goodness” for children starting on complementary food

To Press Releases listBangkok,Jun 4, 2014

Triple Goodness to ensure healthy development and growth 

  • "Yogurt", "bifidus" and "cereals" combine to offer triple goodness that helps build children's natural immune system
  • "Nestlé" shares two tasty yogurt dishes: 'Mango Orange Yogurt Cereal Smoothie' and 'Orange Pie with Mango Orange Yogurt Cereal' as alternative foods for children's health and good bowel movement
  • New mom "Aey" Pornthip Skidjai, with baby "Phudis" in tow, prepares healthy yogurt dishes and also shares parenting tips

Nestlé (Thai) Ltd., Thailand's leading food and beverage company, recently hosted an event on children's nutrition to share knowledge on nutrition for children who are in the process of taking complementary food and recommended what it calls "Triple Goodness" to ensure healthy development and growth. "Triple Goodness" is a combination of 'yogurt' for a balanced gastrointestinal system, 'bifidus' for a strong immune system and 'cereals' for good nutrition and energy – offering a complete set of nutrients for age-appropriate growth. The event was held at Nestlé (Thai) Ltd., at Central World.

Addressing the audience to clarify doubts about 'babies taking yogurt' was Dr. Pongsak Noipayak, MD, Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Development, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine Vajira Hospital, Navamindradhiraj University. Celebrity mom 'Aey' Pornthip Skidjai with baby 'Phudis' in tow was on hand to share tips on how to raise a healthy baby and how to prepared yogurt menus that babies will love. 

Welcoming them was Khun Nongnuch Tepprasertwangsa, Marketing Manager – Infant and Young Child Nutrition, Nestlé (Thai) Ltd. Ms. Tassanee Sittiratana Na Nakhonphanom, Food Specialist Manager, Nestlé (Thai) Ltd., recommended a yogurt diet for babies' health and good bowel movement.


Triple Goodness to ensure healthy development and growth  

Khun Nongnuch Tepprasertwangsa, Marketing Manager – Infant and Young Child Nutrition, Nestlé (Thai) Ltd., said, "Breast milk is the best nutrition for new-born babies as it helps building a strong immune system. The World Health Organization recommends that newly-born to 6-month old babies be fed breast milk only for as long as possible. Individual children have different development patterns. 

 Therefore, when it is the right time to introduce complementary food, the nutritional needs for each stage of a child's development should be taken into consideration. In general, a healthy 6 month-old child can be started on complementary food, such as ground vegetables, ground liver, ground fruits or prepared complementary food. Good complementary food offers multiple benefits that contribute to the nutritional requirements in accordance with a child's development."

During the time when children start taking complementary food it is important for a child to receive special protection. Recommended to support development and immunity building, 'Triple Goodness' consist of 'yogurt' which improves protein intake for children aged 6 months and older, thus promoting a balanced gastrointestinal system, easy digestion and strong intestinal walls; 'bifidus' that builds natural immunity; and 'cereals' containing all the 5 food groups for complete nutritional value and energy. 

They all work to make a child grow healthily according to their age and enable them to be fully ready to learn about the world.


Triple Goodness to ensure healthy development and growth  

Dr. Pongsak Noipayak, MD, Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Development, Department of Pediatrics, Navamindradhiraj University's Faculty of medicine Vajira Hospital, said, "During the first year, children tend to grow three times heavier and twice as tall. Because of this rapid physical development, they require adequate and suitable nutrients for growth. They experience what is called 'missing nutrition period'. Although their stomach is smaller, they need more nutrients than adults. 

Inadequate nutrition may lead to malnutrition, which affects their short and long term health. Moreover, babies are also faced with 'lack of protection period' when the immunity they receive from mothers during pregnancy start to decline and because they also take less breast milk. Since their immune system only becomes fully developed between 3-4 years old, children are susceptible to infections, having just come into contact with the environment and everyday germs making them more at risk of getting infections and illness.

"Taking yogurt is a good way to help strengthen immunity in children. Yogurt in general is not recommended for children under 1 year of age because they still cannot digest full milk protein. But at present a new yogurt has been developed with proper protein content that is suitable for children 6 months and older. It can be mixed into a complementary food for children for more nutritional benefits. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) and The American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) support the idea of getting children to take yogurt for good health reasons because yogurt helps create a balanced gastrointestinal system and excretory system. Yogurt is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. It is high in calcium and has probiotics that have been proven by medical research to help promote natural immunity," said Dr. Pongsak.


Triple Goodness to ensure healthy development and growth  

Khun Tassanee Sittiratana Na Nakhonphanom, Food Specialist Manager, Nestlé (Thai) Ltd., said, "Many parents become frustrated over their children's chronic constipation or diarrhea. This is because the digestion and absorption of some nutrients in children under 1 year of age, is still weak. Nestlé has recommended ready-to-prepare menus that are clean and safe with all the nutritional value to build a strong immune system and keep the excretory system healthy."

Two yogurt dishes by Nestlé to promote babies' good health and normal bowel movement
  1. Mango Orange Yogurt Cereal Smoothie (for children 8-12 months old)

    Ingredients (for 1 serving):1 table spoon of mango-orange-yogurt infant cereal and 3 ounces of chilled orange juice

    Instructions:Mix the mango-orange-yogurt infant cereal with orange juice. Get it ready to serve.

  2. Orange Pie with Mango Orange Yogurt Cereal (for children 12 months and older)

    Ingredients (for 1 serving):2 table spoons of mango-orange-yogurt infant cereal and 2 ounces of warm boiled water, 1 tea spoon of ground crispy bread (natural flavour) and 1 tea spoon of sliced orange

    Instructions:Mix the mango-orange-yogurt infant cereal with warm boiled water. Stir well and leave for a while. Put the crispy bread into the bottom of the cup. Add the mixed infant cereal. Decorate the surface with sliced orange. Get it ready to serve.

"Nestlé understands the desire of parents to see their children grow to their full potential and development. We want to be part of the process in building immunity and protection for children from their early age. Children need to get enough healthy essential nutrients for a good head start for healthy living, that is important for their learning skills," said Khun Nongnuch.

"Nestlé…Start Healthy, Stay Healthy"