Children's Nutrition

Sugar shock: 99 percent of US toddlers consume over seven teaspoons daily

14 Jun 2018 --- The daily sugar intake of many US toddlers exceeds the maximum amount recommended for adults, a study has found. Findings showed that 99 percent of a representative sample of US toddlers aged 19 to 23 months consumed an average of just over seven teaspoons of added sugar on a given day – more than the amount in a Snicker's bar. Furthermore, 60 percent of children were found to consume added sugar before age one.

Botanical extracts with functional carriers tout added health benefits 

12 Jun 2018 --- New lines of botanical extracts with functional carriers  – buckwheat and spelt – on the market aim to offer extra health boosts, company Lehvoss/Gee Lawson and their botanical manufacturer partner Nating have announced. The new lines are promoted as containing higher levels of fiber and vitamins, among other health benefits.

British Nutrition Foundation: “Disappointing” nutrition habits of UK kids calls for stronger food education 

11 Jun 2018 --- New research from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) reveals that 60 percent of 11 to 16 year-olds buy foods such as fries or fried chicken at least once a week, while almost a third cited that they drink at least one energy drink a week. The stats draw attention to the need for stronger nutritional education among children, as they increasingly seek information from sources such as social media and the internet.

Web-based education program can help kids curb salt consumption

08 Jun 2018 --- A web-based salt education program can improve salt-related knowledge, self-efficacy and behaviors among children ages 7-10 years, A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior has found. According to the researchers, feelings of empowerment regarding nutrition-related decisions are particularly important in shaping children's behaviors.

More US infants than ever in the 21st century falling short on iron, other nutrients, Nestlé study reveals

08 Jun 2018 --- Nearly 20 percent of infants (6 to 12 months old) are not getting enough iron in their diet, putting them at risk for sub optimal cognitive development. This is one of them main findings of the latest Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS).

Clear role for industry in educating mothers on supplement benefits, strategist says

07 Jun 2018 --- Despite high awareness of the importance of nutrition for new and expectant mothers and infants, there is very low understanding of the actual benefits of dietary supplements, pointing to a clear role for industry to offer guidance and support. This is according to Isobel Smyth, Managing Partner at The Leading Edge, who spoke during the Passionate About Kids’ Nutrition event hosted by DSM in Amsterdam yesterday.

Sunshine vitamin: Link between low cholesterol and vitamin D in kids, study finds

07 Jun 2018 --- There is a link between higher serum vitamin D levels and lower plasma cholesterol levels in children aged between six and eight years old, research from the University of Eastern Finland has found. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, provide support for the importance of adequate vitamin D intake in children.

Low vitamin D levels linked to miscarriage among women with prior pregnancy loss: NIH study

01 Jun 2018 --- Vitamin D may play a key protective role in healthy pregnancies, an analysis by researchers at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shown. In a study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, the researchers note that among women planning to conceive after a pregnancy loss, those who had sufficient levels of vitamin D were more likely to become pregnant and have a live birth, compared to women with insufficient levels of the vitamin.

Sensory-based food education encourages children to eat their fruit and vegetables, study finds

31 May 2018 --- Sensory-based food education given to 3-5 year-old children increases their willingness to choose vegetables, berries and fruit, according to a study from the University of Eastern Finland. The study, published in Public Health Nutrition, points to a role for sensory-based food education in promoting healthy dietary habits in early childhood education and care (ECEC).

Oily fish intake of mother benefits kid's weight maintenance, study finds

31 May 2018 --- Mothers who eat omega-rich fats from oily fish may help their children maintain a healthy weight for the entirety of their lives, a study has found. The research, published in Microbiome, found that the maternal fatty acid status persistently restructures the offspring’s microbiota and the associated metabolic homeostasis related to obesity. A diet that was higher in omega 6 fats than omega 3 contributed to a leaky gut in the kids, potentially contributing to weight gain. The findings further the call for omega 3 supplementation during pregnancy.

Researchers emphasize the importance of milk for kids at risk from diabetes

30 May 2018 --- Obese children who consume at least two daily servings of cow’s milk are more likely to have lower fasting insulin, indicating better blood sugar control, a study has found. The study, conducted at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), builds on previous research that has linked milk with qualities that are protective against metabolic syndromes. However, it is the first study to explore these factors among obese children, who are at risk from the development of such syndromes.

US FDA takes action against OTC benzocaine products for teething infants

24 May 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that over-the-counter (OTC) teething products containing benzocaine may pose a serious risk to infants and children. The popular numbing agent can offer temporary relief to sore gums in teething infants; however, the FDA advises that companies stop marketing and selling these products for use. The agency is also raising awareness of the risks that, they state, come with other oral health benzocaine products. 

DuPont attains US green light on HMO infant nutrition solution

17 May 2018 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health’s CARE4U human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) is now Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use in infant and toddler formula following a “No Objection” letter from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Nestlé for Healthier Kids initiative: “Reach 50 million kids by 2030”  

17 May 2018 --- Nestlé is beefing up their children's nutrition programme with a focus on developing health fortified and sugar and salt reduced products. The move is hoped to offer children more nutritious food options, as part of Nestlé's wider Healthier Kids initiative. Other key goals of the on-going initiative include: “Building knowledge on children’s nutritional needs and inspiring parents & caregivers to raise healthier kids,” a Nestlé spokesperson tells NutritionInsight.

Vitamin D may play a role in children's non-alcoholic liver disease, study finds

15 May 2018 --- Children with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) have particularly low vitamin D status and suffer from vitamin D insufficiency throughout the year, new research has found. The research, published in Pediatric Obesity, charted vitamin D levels and variations in genes that determine vitamin D status, in British children diagnosed with the liver disease. The findings open up potential future possibilities for treatment using vitamin D.

Mondelez: Public-Private partnerships effective for addressing childhood obesity

15 May 2018 --- Healthy lifestyle, school-based, public-private partnership programs may be key for addressing childhood obesity, a report published by The Mondelēz International Foundation has found. Results showed the programs positive impacts on healthy lifestyles through knowledge and practice in the target populations. The report may also provide important lessons in establishing effective public-private partnerships (PPPs) designed to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.

Coffee consumption while pregnant linked to increase in overweight children

14 May 2018 --- Even moderate coffee consumption during pregnancy, one to two cups per day, is related to a risk of overweight or obesity in school-age children, according to a study published in the BMJ Open journal. It has not been clearly shown if caffeine is the direct cause of the overweight, but the relationship, alone, has caused researchers to encourage increased caution.

Fonterra highlights benefits of MFGM on fetal and infant brain development

14 May 2018 --- Fonterra's ingredient brand NZMP has released new findings that highlight the positive effect of NZMP’s SureStart MFGM Lipid100 (also known as Nuelipid) during pregnancy on fetal brain composition and on further infant cognitive development.

Targeted approach: Probiotics and breastfeeding found to reduce potential antibiotic resistance in children

10 May 2018 --- Targeted probiotic supplementation in breastfed infants can significantly reduce the potential for antibiotic resistance, according to research presented this week at the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) Annual Meeting. According to the study, breastfed infants fed a specific probiotic strain of B. infantis had, on average, 87.5 percent less antibiotic resistance genes in their gut microbiome when compared with breastfed infants who had received lactation support alone.

FrieslandCampina’s human milk oligosaccharide ingredient obtains EU approval and GRAS status

09 May 2018 --- FrieslandCampina DOMO’s new human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient, 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL), has been officially certified for use in infant formula in both European and US markets. The ingredient has received EU novel food approval and achieved GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. The company reports that these authorizations are an important step forward in the plan of FrieslandCampina to launch its first HMO by the end of the year.

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