Children's Nutrition

Safe use of Olygose GOS supported by new peer-reviewed publications

18 Sep 2017 --- French natural ingredients manufacturer Olygose has announced that new peer-reviewed publications support the safe use of plant-based galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) from Olygose from infancy to older age.

SNAP judgment says US nutrition assistance program falls short of providing healthy diet for all

11 Sep 2017 --- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, only covers 43 to 60 percent of what it costs to consume a diet consistent with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPlate guidelines for what constitutes a healthy diet. This is according to a new study from North Carolina State University (NC State) and the Union of Concerned Scientists, which lays out in stark terms the challenges lower-income households face in trying to eat a healthy diet.

Benefits of early introduction of peanuts to infants recognized as health claim by US FDA

11 Sep 2017 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made a statement on a new qualified health claim advising that early introduction of peanuts to certain high-risk infants may reduce the risk of peanut allergy. It has responded to a petition for a new claim that states, “for most infants with severe eczema and/or egg allergy who are already eating solid foods, introducing foods containing ground peanuts between 4 and 10 months of age and continuing consumption may reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy by 5 years of age.”

Prenatal lack of omega 3 and omega 6 linked to schizophrenic symptoms in offspring

06 Sep 2017 --- Researchers have discovered a process through which changes in nutrition during early mouse pregnancy lead to offspring that develop schizophrenic-like symptoms as adults. Published in Translational Psychiatry, the study from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan shows how deprivation of two polyunsaturated fatty acids during early gestation can have long-lasting effects on offspring through specific changes in gene expression.

Prenatal supplements study suggests industry should review formulations

31 Aug 2017 --- Prescription and nonprescription prenatal supplements significantly differ in terms of declared composition and nutrient strength, but they have labels that are similarly unclear in the information given about aspects of use such as dosing, according to a study in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Lallemand targets children and teenagers with new probiotics range

29 Aug 2017 --- Lallemand Health Solutions is to unveil its range of probiotics for children and teenagers at Supply Side West, held from 25 to 29 September. The company offers specific probiotic strains and formulations combined with specifically designed delivery forms and flavors to target the needs of children, teenagers and health conscious parents.
Three key areas can be addressed with well documented probiotic strains: immune defenses, stress and oral health. This approach will be presented in more details at the Probiotics Resource Center on 27 September at 2:40 by Isabelle Champié.

Canadian children’s diets fall short while at school

25 Aug 2017 --- Children in Canada don't eat enough vegetables, fruit or dairy products during school hours, causing them to fail to reach several daily dietary recommendations on school days, a new University of British Columbia (UBC) study has found.

Childhood obesity could be psychological disorder

24 Aug 2017 --- New evidence regarding the brain’s relationship with obesity has emerged. A study by a team of researchers, including Senior Investigator Bradley Peterson, MD, Director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, has found that neural responses to food cues are different in overweight compared with lean adolescents while there is less activity in the brain’s self-regulation and attention circuits. The findings may also be a useful predictor of adult obesity.

Breakthrough study shows synbiotic effective in prevention of sepsis in Indian babies

22 Aug 2017 --- A team of scientists has discovered that a combination of probiotics and prebiotics was very effective in lowering the risk of developing sepsis – a life-threatening condition where infections cause systemic inflammation, restricted blood flow and organ failure – in 4,557 babies enrolled in a study in India. Sepsis is one of the biggest killers of newborn babies, ending around 600,000 young lives every year. The discovery has been hailed as one of the first big successful trials involving probiotics.

Previnex targets childhood malnutrition with new program

10 Aug 2017 --- Supplement manufacturer Previnex has joined the fight against childhood malnutrition with the launch of its Get Health, Give Health Program in partnership with the Children’s Hunger Fund. The company says the program, part of its Previnex Gives Back campaign, was created to bring the world one step closer to eradicating preventable, vitamin deficiency-based childhood malnutrition.

Infant nutrition brand Friso to hit Chinese shelves following official approval

10 Aug 2017 --- FrieslandCampina's infant foods brand Friso has announced that it has become one of the first 22 companies to obtain the Infant Nutrition Registration Certificate in China, and one of only five foreign brands to be approved. Friso is the first import brand to receive the certificate from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), which approved Friso stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3.

EU school children to receive milk, fruit and vegetables under new scheme

01 Aug 2017 --- A new EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme has been put in place today, ready to be implemented across the union on the first day of the 2017/2018 school year. Aimed at promoting health eating habits among children, the scheme will include the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk products along with dedicated educational programs to teach students about the importance of good nutrition and explain how food is produced, according to a European Commission press release.

 

Diet quality, not just quantity matters in mid-to-late-adulthood

28 Jul 2017 --- A new study in Obesity investigated the impact of diet quality in mid-to-late-adulthood on visceral and liver fat not solely relying on Body Mass Index (BMI). Four different measures of diet quality were used to evaluate dietary intake of the multiethnic population over a twenty-year span. Maintaining a high-quality diet during mid-to-late adulthood may prevent adverse metabolic consequences related to visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL).

Soda’s popularity on kids’ menus beginning to fizz out

25 Jul 2017 --- The percentage of major restaurant chains that offer sugary drinks on their children’s menus has decreased from 93 percent to 74 percent since 2008, according to a new report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). But the consumer lobby group warns that despite the significant decrease, chains owe it to families to improve their children’s beverages even further.

US Study Links Food Allergies to Childhood Anxiety

03 Jul 2017 --- Children with a food allergy have a significantly higher prevalence of childhood anxiety, according to a new US study. Researchers studied the link between food allergy and childhood anxiety and depression among a sample of predominantly low socioeconomic status minority children. However, food allergies were not associated with symptoms of childhood depression or with symptoms of anxiety or depression among their caregivers. 

UK Rules on Junk Food Ads Coming Into Force, Industry Responds Positively

30 Jun 2017 --- A new set of rules banning the advertising of high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) food or drink products in traditional and online children’s media and other sites is set to come into force in the UK tomorrow. The new Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) rules pertain to media channels where children make up over 25 percent of the audience. Representatives of the UK Food and Drink Federation and advocacy groups have responded positively to the changes.

 

Eighty-Five Percent of Spanish Children Consume too Much Salt

30 Jun 2017 --- Salt is a hidden enemy in children’s diets. However, we first need to know the sources of dietary salt intake before we can reduce it. This is according to a study by Spanish researchers, who suggest that over 80 percent of Spanish schoolchildren consume excessive amounts of salt. Consuming too much salt is associated with greater risk of high blood pressure, osteoporosis and obesity. 

FSAI Launches Consultation on Vitamin D Supplements for Infants in Ireland

29 Jun 2017 --- The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today announced that it is holding a public consultation on the criteria for 5µg Vitamin D only supplements to be listed as suitable for infants in Ireland. The online consultation started yesterday and will be held until 11 August. FSAI invites caregivers, health professionals, food supplement manufacturers, food businesses and any other interested parties to take part. This consultation is in the form of a survey which can be found on the FSAI website.

More than Half of Foods Aimed at Children are Unhealthy, Australian Survey Shows

28 Jun 2017 --- New research by Australia’s Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has found that more than half of supermarket products marketed at kids are unhealthy. The OPC surveyed 186 packaged foods with cartoons or character promotions designed to attract children and found that 52 percent were classified as unhealthy by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion calculator, which looks at the amount of energy and certain nutrients (e.g. saturated fat, sugars, sodium) present in the food.

Food for Thought: UK Teenagers Losing Learning Time Due to Hunger

27 Jun 2017 --- Teenage pupils in high school can lose around 51 minutes’ worth of vital learning time a day because their concentration levels dip due to hunger. This is according to the results of a survey conducted in the UK by Kellogg’s. The survey results show that 82 percent of teachers in Britain have seen teens arriving at school hungry every day. And nearly four in 10 teachers believed one reason children in their class were hungry was due to their parents being unable to afford food for breakfast.

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