Archive for the ‘Children’s Nutrition’ Category

Here’s A Challenge

April 27, 2011 @ 10:10 am

Some say there is no need for supplementing the diet with vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements.  The Metzenbaum Congressional study revealed that every age group had nutrient deficiencies below the recommended level.  The “no need for supplement” naysayers base their position on the belief that we can get all of our nutrition from food.  That statement is perhaps true but no one, according to Metzenbaum, eats properly and if we did the daily caloric intake would be more than our lifestyle could burn off.  Finally, the challenge:  Plan three well balanced meals per day based on the current food guide pyramid for one week.  Then go to your favorite grocery store and shop, on paper, for the items needed for the menus planned.  You will discover that the cost is prohibitive.  Food supplements provide nutritional insurance.  They are not a substitute for eating as well as we can.

Intelligent Exercise

February 23, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

“It’s a smart idea for girls to walk to school.  Researchers concluded this after analyzing the test scores of 1,700 teens and then asking them how they got to school.  Girls who walked or biked to school did better on tests than those who commuted by car or bus.  (The findings weren’t true of boys, though.)  Plus, the longer the walk or bike ride, the better the girls’ test scores were.  The connections stood even when the researchers took the teens’ outside activity into account.  Still, cause and effect is unclear; smart girls may just choose to walk or bike to school.” Source” Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, published online Dec. 6, 2010

Low Carb with lots of Vegetables

January 20, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

“There’s been a lot of debate about the merits and potential dangers of low-carbohydrate diets, but new research suggests that they may be healthy–so long as they are rich in veggies.  Researchers tracked a large group of middle-aged participants over more than two decades, assessing their dietary profiles along the way.  When lumped together, low-carbohydrate diets were associated with an increased risk of death compared with diet higher in carbs.  However, low-carb diets that emphasized vegetables were associated with a lower risk of death than low-carbohydrate diets that were heavy on animal products.” Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, Sept. 7, 2010  For more information on plant based food supplements click here.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

October 28, 2010 @ 11:08 am

Soda and processed-food makers insist that all sugars are the same. Yet with studies linking high fructose corn syrup to obesity, diabetes and, most recently, pancreatic cancer, big brands are quietly backing away from using the corn-based sweetener. -Source:

Get Outside!!

July 29, 2010 @ 9:03 am

“Feeling down?  Go outside.  Researchers analyzed 10 studies involving 1,252 people and learned that five minutes of light exercise outdoors can boost self-esteem and brighten mood.  The effects were even greater if the time was spent over water.  All participants–but especially kids and the mentally ill–benefited from walking, gardening, biking, or other outdoor activities.” Source, Environmental Science & Technology, published online March 25, 2010

Micromanaging Your Eating

May 27, 2010 @ 10:24 am

“Being too focused on carb counting can, ironically, lead people to lose sight of eating well.  A group of 8 to 21 year-olds with type 1 diabetes and their parents reported preferring packaged to whole foods – like bulk grains or beans – because the number of carbs is clearly labeled on the packaging.  Some parents limited or even excluded fruit from their child’s diet over concerns about glucose spikes.  Researchers say a healthy diet shouldn’t be just a numbers game; food quality counts too.” -Source: Diabetes Care, December 2009-

Harried With Children?

May 4, 2010 @ 11:18 am

“They may drive you nuts at times, but a study says kids may drive down your blood pressure, too.  Researchers asked 198 married men and women to wear a blood pressure monitor for 24 hours.  They found that parents’ systolic blood pressure (top number0 was 6 points lower than that of non-parents, while their diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) was 3 points lower.  The link was strongest in women: Mothers scored nearly 12 and 7 points lower in systolic and diastolic pressure, respectively, compared with women without children.  The researchers hypothesize that parent derive meaning and purpose from life’s little stressors.” Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Jan. 14, 2020

Eat Breakfast

December 9, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

Researchers say Mom was right:  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  A study of 93 overweight Latino-kids with a family history of type 2 diabetes found that those who skipped breakfast had more abdominal fat than the kids who are breakfast regularly–regardless of total body fat and total daily calorie intake.  The finding is particularly important because deep abdominal fat is a rish facto for insulin resistance and diabetes.”  –Diabetes Forcast, Nov. 2009-

Eat more fish

@ 3:07 pm

“Dining more often on fish may keep your mind fresh.  When researchers interviewed nearly 15,000 adults age 65 and over in seven low and middle-income families, they discovered that those who ate fish almost every day were 19% less likely to have dementia than those who are it less frequently.  Plus, the amount of fish the seniors are was directly linked to disease risk.  So, upping fish intake even a little can lower the chance of developing dementia.” – Diabetes Forcast, Nov. 2009

Morning Matters

November 3, 2009 @ 11:46 am

Researchers say Mom was right, according to a recent tidbit published in the Nov Diabetes e.  “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  A study of 93 overweight Latino kids with a family history of type 2 diabetes fount that those who skipped breakfast had more abdominal fat than kids who are breakfast regularly–regardless of total body fat and total daily calorie intake.”

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