Micronutrient deficiency among Indian Kids is on a rise with India ranking 97th of 118 nations in the Global Hunger Index 2016. While nutrition is key to good health and growth micronutrient deficiency leads to hidden hunger (lack of vitamins and minerals) and affects the overall brain development and immunity levels in kids.

Micronutrients play a central role in our nutrition. Micronutrients help in the optimization of our physical and mental functioning. While one needs the micronutrients in small amounts, they play vital roles in overall development and well-being in the form of regulation of metabolism and heartbeat, good cellular pH, and bone density.

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As mothers, all we want is for our child to be healthy and to have normal growth and development. But we are living in different times now where we tend to give in to the child’s demands for fast food and packaged foods. While we stress on proper weight and height gain, we tend to overlook the overall brain development and immunity levels. Micronutrient malnutrition has been a persistent problem in India. Indian food which is generally rich in macronutrients – carbohydrate, proteins and fats – tend to lack the important micronutrients that one should be consuming daily. Lack of micronutrients can lead to stunted growth in children and an increased risk for various diseases in adulthood. Let’s take a deeper dive into Micronutrients and its need today.

What are the essential Micronutrients?

You need a miniscule amount of micronutrients – essentially vitamins and minerals – to maintain good health. All Vitamins A, B, C, E through K can be derived from the food around us. While Vitamin D can be taken from the Sun, important minerals like zinc, magnesium, iron and selenium, though required in small quantities, are very important for overall brain development of your child.

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How Micronutrient Deficiency Affects your child’s growth?

Failure to meet micronutrient requirements can result in challenges in your child’s overall growth.

  1. Delayed developmental milestones By one year, the baby should be on a balanced diet for all kinds of nutrients for reaching developmental milestones on time.
  2. Stunted Growth – Growth hormone deficiency is a result of poor eating habits.
  3. Iron Deficiency – Anaemia is the biggest nutrition-related health problem in Indian children. Anaemia results in an eight-point lower intelligence quotient in children.
  4. Iodine Deficiency – The body does not make iodine. It has to be consumed to prevent the development of conditions like hypothyroidism, goiter etc.

How to include Micronutrients in your child’s diet to avoid micronutrient deficiency?

  • Vitamin A – Milk, cheese, eggs yolk, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables
  • Vitamin B – Whole grain cereals, nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables
  • Vitamin C – Citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberry, cabbage
  • Vitamin D – expose bare skin to the morning sun or Vitamin D supplements
  • Vitamin E – avocado, almonds, sweet potato, spinach, sunflower seeds
  • Iron – Lean meat, green leafy vegetables, spinach, dates, lentils, Kale
  • Calcium – Dairy products, almonds, green leafy vegetables, sesame seeds, chia seeds
  • Magnesium – Nuts, seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables
  • Zinc – Lean meat, chicken, fish, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • Selenium – egg, spinach, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, oats, mustard seeds
  • Iodine – Iodine fortified salt, bread, cheese, saltwater fish, cow’s milk, eggs, yogurt

What happens when you lead a Rushed Lifestyle?

We are living a busy lifestyle, no one has enough time in their hands. Adults tend to skip breakfast – the most important meal of the day – because they are running late for work. Mothers face this challenge more than anyone else – getting kids ready for school, breakfast, getting ready for work. We can afford nutrition-rich food, but we don’t have the time to sit and eat a bowl of nutritious breakfast.

Tropicana’s new launch of functional juices – Tropicana Essentials – addresses this nutrient gap to a large extent. Tropicana Essentials is a delicious range of functional fruit juices that are fortified to deliver specific health benefits. While Tropicana Essentials FRUITS & VEGGIES juice is a blend of apple, beetroot, carrot – they are made of 100% Mixed Fruit and Vegetable Juice content (no added sugar or preservatives). The second variant Tropicana Essentials IRON is made from of Apple, Carrot and mixed fruit blends.

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As mothers we are always worried of the amount of sugar or preservatives that our kids consume from packaged foods, and we are always reading the labels. However, the Tropicana Essentials range doesn’t contain any added sugar or preservatives. It only contains fructose (natural sugars) that comes from the fruits.

While you should encourage your child to consume fresh fruits and vegetables the daily intake of 5 serves of fresh fruits and vegetables is not maintained most of the times. A 200ml serving (which makes up one glass) of the Tropicana Essentials FRUITS & VEGGIES juice equals to one serving of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of fruits and veggies. A glass of the Tropicana Essentials IRON helps meet 15% of the RDA of iron. So the next time your kid is fussing over eating carrots or beets and throws away the apple, you know how to get some nutrients in them in the form of these functional juices.

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Micronutrient deficiency is problem in the country and it’s better the mothers realise it and look towards the overall growth and development of kids. Micronutrients are not produced in the body and must be derived from the diet only. Make wise choices.

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19 Comments on Micronutrient Deficiency among Indian Kids – Tips for a Rushed Lifestyle

  1. Alpana Deo
    February 8, 2018 at 9:28 pm (9 months ago)

    I have always liked Tropicana juices. Won’t mind trying their new range.

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  2. Priyadarshani Panda
    February 9, 2018 at 9:20 am (9 months ago)

    so true these days we skip the most important meal and making your kids eat normal food which is healthy is a task…juices has always been my go to option for suits intake thanks to tropicana for making moms job easier…
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  3. Mamatha dilip
    February 9, 2018 at 10:38 pm (9 months ago)

    Rushed lifestyle leads to many deficiencies. I have faced this problem when I was working. Early morning routine would never allow me to have my balanced diet meal which in turn I got anemic. Tropicana’s new range is very helpful

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  4. Dipika Singh
    February 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm (8 months ago)

    Very well informed post Tina, Micro-nutrients are very important for child’s growth and usually we are ignorant towards it. Glad you sent our this appeal clearing all details about the source.

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  5. Geethica Mehra
    February 10, 2018 at 11:52 pm (8 months ago)

    Tropicana essentials have taken out a great combination of fruits and veggies in the juice form. I liked their iron one the best.

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  6. Amrita Basu (Misra)
    February 11, 2018 at 12:21 am (8 months ago)

    Micronutrients very important for healthy living.Liked how you explained the reasons for this.

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  7. Mahak
    February 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm (8 months ago)

    I had no idea that micro nutrient deficiency is so prevelant in Indian kids. Thanks for sharing this vital information

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  8. Dr Bushra
    February 11, 2018 at 12:25 pm (8 months ago)

    Micronutrients played vital role in our body mechanisms and are mostly overlooked. It’s great initiative by Tropicana definitely helps to meet the essential requirements in kids diet.

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  9. Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan
    February 11, 2018 at 2:03 pm (8 months ago)

    Tropicana was always sugar free and now I’m glad they introducing iron fortified ones. Great write up about micro nutrients

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  10. Pranita
    February 12, 2018 at 9:22 am (8 months ago)

    Great options of juices to avoid deficiencies. I generally try to include all types of food in my child’s diet. But this options looks amazing to me to extend the idea of nourishing a child with all types of nutrient.

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  11. poojaB
    February 12, 2018 at 11:26 am (8 months ago)

    Nice & Informative

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  12. Rashmi
    February 12, 2018 at 2:10 pm (8 months ago)

    Quite an informative post for all parents. We constantly struggle to find healthy options for our kids.

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  13. U K
    February 13, 2018 at 1:03 am (8 months ago)

    The fact that it has become a top post on Indiboogger says it all. Thank you for sharing here.

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