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Junk food link to kids’ asthma

Junk food link to kids’ asthma

SCOFFING junk food three times a week may lead to asthma and eczema in kids, a study has revealed.

Scientists fear the high saturated fat levels lower children’s immune systems.

A research project involving more than 50 countries found that teenagers who ate food such as burgers three times a week or more were 39 per cent more likely to get severe asthma. Younger kids were 27 per cent more at risk.

Both were also more prone to the eye condition rhinoconjunctivitis. But three weekly portions of fruit and veg cut the risk by 14 per cent in the younger group and 11 per cent among the teens.

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Breast milk contains more than 700 bacteria types, study finds

Breast milk contains more than 700 bacteria types, study finds

Breast milk contains more than 700 species of bacteria, which is more than previously believed, according to a new study.

Breast milk from overweight mothers or those who put on more weight than recommended during pregnancy, however, had fewer species of bacteria, according to the Spanish researchers.

They also found that mothers who had a planned cesarean-section delivery had fewer species of bacteria in their breast milk than those who had a vaginal birth, while mothers who had an unplanned C-section had about the same number of species of those who had a vaginal birth.

This suggests that a ...

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Kids Who Play Food Product Games May Eat More Junk Food

Kids Who Play Food Product Games May Eat More Junk Food

Some kids can’t get enough of online games where they can pretend to run a candy factory or decorate cakes. But children who play with these games may eat more, and eat more junk food, even if the game features fruit or other healthful choices, according to new research.

Food industry critics have long bemoaned the fact that many popular food games for computers and other devices are actually «advergames», created by food manufacturers to market their products. Some argue marketing junk food to kids is unethical, even if it’s through tiny bits of entertainment software.

To find out if advergam...

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Did You Resolve for Your Kids to Eat Better This Year?

Did You Resolve for Your Kids to Eat Better This Year?

With the New Year comes the inevitable resolution to live a healthier lifestyle over the coming months. If you are a parent, you may also have resolved to try to get your kids to eat better as well. I have set this goal for myself many times in the past, but have been stymied by the time and preparation needed to get there. No matter how good my intentions, I quickly fall back into my old habits.

I want this year to be different, so I sought out professional advice and turned to the Alexandria-based founder of Mai Health Now, LLC, Certified Health Counselor and Wellness speaker Mai Trinh Joube...

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Healthy Snacks Help Kids Fight Obesity

Healthy Snacks Help Kids Fight Obesity

Healthy snacks including veggies and cheese can help take the edge off of kids’ between-meal hunger pangs, and may help put a dent in rates of childhood obesity.

In a new study, children who were given cheese and vegetables as a snack ate 72% fewer calories than children who snacked on potato chips, and this effect was even more pronounced among kids who were overweight or obese.

What’s more, these kids needed fewer calories to feel full than those who ate chips.

The study included about 200 kids entering third or sixth grades...

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Mom Keeps Enough Food to Feed Her Family for a Year — Could You?

Mom Keeps Enough Food to Feed Her Family for a Year — Could You?

How long could you live off the food you have in your home? A month? A week? A day? One mom says she could probably go for a whole year without grocery shopping! She keeps a well-stocked pantry, plus a food storage closet in the basement and plenty of frozen meat and vegetables besides. And it’s all just to help feed needy families along with her family.

It’s amazing what some people do with their space and resources! And after a disaster like Hurricane Sandy, I think we all started wondering how self-sufficient we’d be — and for how long — if we were caught in an emergency.

Growing up Morm...

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Family meals ‘help kids get their five-a-day’

Family meals ‘help kids get their five-a-day’

‘Family meals aid five-a-day: Eating together at the table boosts children’s intake of fruit and vegetables,’ the Daily Mail reports.

The news is from a study that aimed to explore the influence that the home environment has upon a child’s fruit and vegetable intake, in particular parental attitudes to fruit and vegetables. The study included 2,383 primary school children from London who had food diaries completed for them at school and home over a single 24-hour period...

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Family Meals Help Kids Eat More Fruit & Veggies

Family Meals Help Kids Eat More Fruit & Veggies

One or two family meals a week may help kids eat more fruits and vegetables, a new study suggests.
In the U.K. study, children whose families always ate meals together consumed 4.4 ounces (1.5 portions) more fruits and vegetables a day compared with children whose families never ate together.
And kids who had family meals just once or twice a week consumed 3.4 ounces (1.2 portions) more produce a day.
«Modern life often prevents the whole family from sitting round the dinner table, but this research shows that even just Sunday lunch round the table can help improve the diets of our families,» ...

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Two Cups of Milk a Day Ideal for Children’s Health, New Research Shows

Two Cups of Milk a Day Ideal for Children’s Health, New Research Shows

New research has answered one of the most common questions parents ask their doctors: How much milk should I be giving my children? The answer is two cups per day.

«We started to research the question because professional recommendations around milk intake were unclear and doctors and parents were seeking answers,» said Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital and the lead author of the study.
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Nutrition: health professionals can advise, but parents have the final say

Nutrition: health professionals can advise, but parents have the final say

If parents find advice from health professionals too dictatorial, it can put them off asking for help in the future

For Starters, a new report published by thinktank Demos on child nutrition, shows many parents are confused and anxious about healthy eating for their babies and toddlers.

A survey of more than 1,800 mothers of children aged 0-2, conducted for the report, found that one in five felt they had not received enough advice on breastfeeding; over a quarter of mothers wanted more advice about introducing solid food and a third wanted more information about toddler nutrition...

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