Too many additives increase the burden on liver and kidney

Sep 19,2019

Pediatric experts remind parents to drink less milk for children

Today, there are a wide variety of children's milk on the dairy shelves of major supermarkets.

"Sturdy", "healthy", "balanced nutrition"... These words appear in the advertisements, which are very eye-catching and loved by parents.

According to the doctor, in fact, this kind of milk contains food additives, and some products contain as many as 10 kinds of additives. In this regard, doctors advise children to drink less.

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On April 23, we visited the milk sales areas of many supermarkets. Among them, there are as many as seven or eight brands of children's milk, some of which occupy almost half of the shelves, and many parents are choosing to buy them. Various slogans are also particularly attractive: "develop intelligence", "supplement calcium, iron and zinc", "use unique formula"...

We can see from the outer packaging of these children's milk that almost all contain more than 4 kinds of additives, and as many as 10 kinds.

In the ingredient list of a well-known brand of children's growth milk, food additives include sodium carboxymethylcellulose, lactic acid, citric acid, sodium tripolyphosphate, sodium citrate, aspartame (containing phenylalanine), mono Glyceryl stearate and more than 10 kinds. We inquired about the information and learned that the above food additives have the functions of thickening, increasing sourness, increasing sweetness and harmonizing fragrance.

Citizen Ms. Liao's son is 3 years old this year, and he especially likes to drink children's milk. Ms. Liao asked her son to bring a bottle to the kindergarten and drink a bottle before going to bed. "I will also look at the formula before buying, and don't buy those with too many additives."

Subsequently, we interviewed several parents. Most parents said that if their children like it, they buy it, and they don't pay too much attention to the additives in it.

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Cheng Lianying, director of the Department of Pediatrics at No. 1 Hospital in the city, said that the additives in children’s milk on the market are all allowed by the state, and their functions are also different. Some are to make milk products thicker, while others are to make milk products taste better. .

However, too many additives will affect the child's body and increase the burden on the kidneys and liver.

Cheng Lianying said that if the child's diet structure is normal, there is no need to supplement calcium and iron elements. If parents want to supplement calcium, iron and zinc for their children, they can use food supplements.

For example, if a child needs calcium supplementation, he should eat some dairy products, shrimp skins, and kelp, and taking it together with vitamin D, the "golden partner" of calcium, will help the absorption of calcium; Poultry. The "golden partner" of iron is vitamin C. Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits to help iron absorption.