The journal Environmental Research published a study investigating the effects of fish consumption on children’s health. It confirmed that regular fish intake is responsible for increased levels of mercury in the blood. Even though the levels of fish-consuming children were below the potential risk level, researchers found that they had disrupted hormone (adrenocortical) function that may result in the development of physical and psychological disorders.
A new study has found a possible link between junk food and an increased risk among children of developing asthma, eczema and some childhood allergies. The massive research involved more than 319,000 teenagers from across 51 countries and more than 181,000 children (six to seven years old) from across 31 countries. The results suggest that eating fast food three or more times a week could lead to developing asthma, eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis (a condition characterised by runny or congested nose, sneezing, itchy and irritated eyes).
Simply by going veggie, children cut their risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and obesity… So what are they eating – and what should they be eating? Here’s some winning tips to get it right!
WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN!
Just imagine the reaction if a specific diet could produce these headlines:
Being vegan can boost fertility and help you have a vivacious and robust baby!
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) – an American institution – released its draft opinion on the potential of soya infant formula to cause adverse human developmental effects. Soya formula was labelled as being of “minimal” concern level and one of the experts stated that soya formulas have been used for over 50 years without reports of negative reproductive or developmental effects.
Childhood obesity has risen because children are eating more and exercising less. Exactly which foods are responsible is unclear. In this study, information gathered by the US Department of Agriculture between 1909 and 2007 shows that the major contributors are oils, shortening, meat, cheese and frozen desserts. Cheese intake has increased from 1.7 to 14.9kg per year and frozen dairy products increased from 0.7 to 11.5 kg per year. From 1970 to 2007, intake of sweeteners increased from 54 to 62kg per year.
Eating vegetables every day during pregnancy may lower the risk of type 1 diabetes in infants according to a study published in Pediatric Diabetes. In this study, new mums completed a food frequency questionnaire asking about their diet during pregnancy. Their children were then followed for five years. Results showed that those consuming vegetables only three to five times per week had a 71 per cent increased risk of having a child with diabetes (or a condition that precedes it) compared to women who ate vegetables everyday.
By Veronika Powell
Bones grow until we’re about 20 years old and then stop – but t
By Veronika Powell
Recommended calcium intake (mg/day)
0 to 12 months
School children should be offered a choice about where they get their calcium from. In a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers from the US Cancer Project found that when young students were offered soya milk, almost a quarter of them chose the calcium-rich, dairy-free drink over cow’s milk.
Getting kids to eat their greens can be a problem but new research shows that even kids who turn their noses up at their greens can learn to love them. Scientists from Cancer Research UK have shown that a taste for vegetables is learnt rather than inherited. They studied over 200 pairs of young twins to try and work out if taste preferences are inherited or not. Twin studies are useful because identical twins share all the same genes - so any differences in food preferences must be due to upbringing.