Cheese in children’s nutrition by Dr. Alexandra Kosmarikou

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Graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Parma, Italy

Postgraduate Degrees: Postgraduate Diploma of Specialization Level II “Nutrition in Childhood” awarded by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Parma, Italy with a grade of “Excellent”

Medical specialty: Pediatric Specialist (Medical Specialty Title, Pediatric License)

Associations in which she is a member: Medical Association of Patras, Hellenic Pediatric Society, Hellenic Society of Homeopathic Medicine

Dr. Alexandra Kosmarikou April 13, 2022

Cheese can be introduced into the infant’s diet within the first year of life and after foods such as fruit, vegetables, meat, cereals, eggs and fish are well tolerated.
Avoid giving cheeses rich in salt until 12 months of life, because excessive salt intake positively predisposes to the appearance of hypertension, obesity and heart disease at later ages.
Start by introducing fresh cheeses of Greek origin and low in salt, such as anthotyro, unsalted mizithra, manouri and katiki, as a component of some main meals that do not contain animal protein (meat, fish). After 12 months of life, gradually add the rest of the cheeses that are richer in salt, such as e.g. the favorite traditional feta and yellow cheeses.

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Cheese is:
✔️excellent source of calcium (Ca) and proteins of high biological value
✔️good source of vitamins: A, D, B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B12
✔️good source of metals: Ca, P, Zn, Se
✔️a good source of fat: 75% of the fat in cheese is saturated, but most of it is harmless to health. Each portion gives about ¼ of the total cholesterol we need per day and which is necessary for the body in normal amounts as, among other things, it participates in the formation of cell membranes, various hormones and other biological molecules.

1 serving of cheese equals:

● 2 tbsp. soft cheese (50-60g. e.g. flower cheese) or
● 1 piece of hard cheese the size of a matchbox (30g. e.g. feta) or
● 1 slice of cheese for toast (30g. e.g. caseri)