Children's Nutrition

Advanced Lipids’ Infat shows strong bone growth potential for infants

17 Nov 2017 --- Advanced Lipids’ SN-2 infant formula ingredient Infat may have the potential to support healthy bone growth, a study has shown. The study published in Nutrients may be especially interesting for children with special nutritional needs, among others.

Arla Foods Ingredients to launch whey-based concepts to ease baby’s transition to solid foods

15 Nov 2017 --- Arla Foods Ingredients is to launch a new range of whey protein-based Complementary Feeding solutions that support babies during the gradual move to solid foods. Arla Foods Ingredients’ new Complementary Feeding range includes food product concepts that deliver benefits for gut health, allergy management, healthy growth and bone development. 

Nestle reorganizes infant nutrition business, changes Executive Board

15 Nov 2017 --- The Nestlé Board of Directors has announced a change to the organization of the infant nutrition business at Nestlé to further improve the company’s “ability to win in this high-growth category.” Additionally, it will change its Executive Board, replacing its Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and adjusting to the departure of its Deputy Executive Vice President in charge of Nestlé Nutrition. Effective January 1, 2018, infant nutrition will move from the globally managed Nestlé Nutrition to a regionally managed business. The change does not apply to other Nestlé businesses, the company adds.

Psychologists endorse tax on unhealthy foods to improve children’s diets

14 Nov 2017 --- Increasing the tax on high-fat and high-sugar foods will help improve children’s diets, according to one of the recommendations from the British Psychological Society (BPS) report “Changing behavior: Childhood nutrition,” which was published this week. The report’s recommendations are aimed at tackling the causes of poor diets in children.

Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids have “promising” therapeutic role in ADHD

10 Nov 2017 --- Clinically trialed evidence indicates that omega 3 and omega 6 supplementation programs can provide a promising adjunctive therapy for attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), leading to lowering the dose of psychopharmacologic medications needed and improving compliance with these. This is according to a review article published in the Journal of Lipids.

BioGaia’s probiotic found to prevent recurrent diarrhea and promote growth in children

07 Nov 2017 --- Rapid diagnostic testing and Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis supplementation for 60 days has been linked to a significant increase in height and significantly less recurrent diarrhea in study of 71 infants with acute diarrhea, as compared to standard care and placebo treatment. Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis is a strain developed by Swedish healthcare company BioGaia.

Chr. Hansen launches ProKids culture solution for kids’ probiotic market

07 Nov 2017 --- Chr. Hansen has today globally launched a culture solution for kids’ drinking yogurt with the probiotic strain L. rhamnosus, LGG. ProKids is Chr. Hansen’s newly developed freeze-dried DVS culture, nu-trish GY-1. It contains the LGG probiotic strain together with a compatible yogurt culture and a proven recipe.

Dairy: Role in teen diets to be discussed at World Dairy Summit

23 Oct 2017 --- The “crucial” role that dairy can play in teenage diets will be a key debate at the forthcoming World Dairy Summit being held in Belfast later this month. For example, around a fifth of teenage girls across the world are currently falling short on their recommended daily intake of calcium, iodine and riboflavin, according to the Dairy UK press release. Dairy could help to fill the gap.

Obesity’s many risks may include worsening asthma in children

20 Oct 2017 --- Obesity has been found to be a risk factor for repeated hospital admissions among children in Japan hospitalized for asthma, researchers report in a Pediatric Allergy & Immunology study. Asthma and obesity are common chronic illnesses and public health problems for children in developed countries like Japan. The prevalence of asthma and obesity is increasing, and the study authors note that several studies reported an association between obesity and asthma in children.

Anlit omega 3 supplement for children to debut under Meijer label

02 Oct 2017 --- Anlit Ltd is introducing its Omega Bites under the Meijer supermarket’s children’s label, which will see the product stocked in the US retailer's 230 supercenters and grocery stores. Omega Bites are a high-DHA+EPA omega 3 supplement in a fish-shaped orange-chocolate flavored chewable, developed to help overcome children's natural reluctance to taking nutritional supplements.

Iron supplements found to have long-term behavioral benefits for low birthweight babies

28 Sep 2017 --- Babies classified as low birthweight (under 2,500 grams) are at risk of iron deficiency, which is linked to impaired neurological development. A long-term randomized study has now shown that providing such babies with iron supplements can prevent behavioral problems, lowering levels of aggression and rule-breaking behavior at school age.

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.

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