Why Children Need Wholesome Mid-day Meal?

Children’s charities around the world often emphasise on wholesome meal for the efficient growth of their body and mind. This meal would have lean proteins, carbs and fats. Children need a generous amount of all the three for an efficient growth of body and mind. Here’s how: Brain health

Proper nutrition served through a good meal increases blood flow within the brain, protecting brain cells. A wholesome meal would have Vitamin E and other important nutrients that are crucial for brain health. That’s why several children’s charities stress on feeding such meal to kids. Children’s charity Akshaya Patra’s kitchens located in cities such as Lucknow, Bhillai, Mysuru, etc., serve mid-day meals that are nutritious covering healthy amounts of proteins, vitamins and carbs. Bone and teeth strength A wholesome meal is rich in calcium and keeps bones and teeth of the kids strong. This helps prevent bone loss associated with osteoporosis when they grow up. Calcium is mostly found in low-fat dairy products, dark green vegetables and fortified foods such as soy products and cereals which are the usual ingredients used in the school lunch prepared at Akshaya Patra kitchens. Getting the right body weight A balance diet helps them achieve a proper body weight which is essential for their physical and their mental health. Children’s charities around the world focus on a protein-rich diet with a good balance of carbs for the simple reason that they don’t want the children to be either under or over weight. Both the conditions are detrimental for their healthy growth during childhood. NGOs like Akshaya Patra which have presence in several major cities of India such as Bengaluru, Surat and Lucknow, follow a strict meal plan for serving school lunch. The food here is cooked according to primary and upper primary classes so that the right amount of proteins and micro nutrients are served to the children. In terms of amount of nutrients, the meals differ as per the age of the children. Boosts immunity, fosters self-confidence A wholesome meal protects children against diseases. Little do we realise that this has a connection with the kids emotional health. Kids who remain ill often find it hard to cope with homework and school activities that often put them under stress. Inability to compete with peers gives them emotional imbalance that they cannot deal with. A wholesome meal boosts immunity and builds confidence and self-respect among children.

How lunch benefits children? After breakfast, the next important meal for children is lunch. When children eat their next meal in the middle of the day, several hours after breakfast, it re-energises their bodies. This is vital for children this keeps their metabolism active. That’s why the NGO Akshaya Patra serves wholesome mid-day meals in schools in Lucknow, Bengaluru, Mysuru, Nasik and several other places so that children take their lunch seriously and keep their metabolism active. You can contribute positively towards this initiative and in turn contribute in the healthy growth and development of children in India. Donate today.