Proper nutrition plays a crucial role in everyone’s health, but it’s particularly important that children and toddlers get the nutrients they need to promote their brain’s development. A child’s brain develops so rapidly and balanced nutrition is key to transmitting information, memory, and learning, and nutrition continues to play a role in the years that follow, as the brain develops and matures through the teenage years and beyond.
Lucky for all of us, a handful of the most crucial nutrients for brain health can be found in 100% grass-fed beef. Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with Max Lugavere, a health and science journalist, as well as the bestselling author of The Genius Life and Genius Foods, to discuss the importance of including beef in a child’s diet.
“Beef, in particular 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished beef, should be part of everyone’s diet. it’s especially important for the cognitive health of toddlers and children because it provides so many brain-critical nutrients like B12, choline, and omega-3 fatty acids,” said Lugavere. “Teton Waters Ranch makes it so easy to include 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished beef with products that are available at the grocery store and really fun for kids and families to eat.”
“Children love hamburgers and hot dogs and things like that. Those are the kinds of foods I wanted to eat when I was a kid; not necessarily a steak. So it’s great Teton Waters Ranch makes these kinds of foods to be able to give our families. Children’s brains are highly neuroplastic and continue to develop into adolescence, and really until we die. We possess the ability to create new neurons until death, which is an amazing impetus to include these highly nutrient-dense foods in our diets.”
Beef is also a great source of protein, zinc, and iron, all of which are nutrients crucial for brain development. For example, a deficiency in iron in infancy has been associated with a long term cognitive impact on children. Lugavere points out that grass-fed and grass-finished beef also contains three times the amount of vitamin E, which is one of the most important fat-soluble antioxidants for the brain because our brains are constructed of fat.
While kids love our hot dogs and hamburgers, try some of our favorite family-friendly recipes to get all the brain-boosting benefits of beef, like pigs in a blanket or easy hot dog twists. And we love this resource for more information on brain-critical nutrients for toddlers and kids.