The evidence couldn”t be more compelling: the large amount of animal fat and calories in the typical North American diet contribute to a host of illnesses in adults, including heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and of course obesity. What’s more, many of these diseases have their roots in childhood. As early as [...]
It’s natural for parents to give their children the foods they remember from their own childhoods. Food traditions are as much a part of culture as language; they bind families together and link the present to the past. On the other hand, we’ve learned that some diets are healthier than others. For many of us, [...]
All babies choke a little as they get used to eating lumpy foods, just as they fall when they’re learning to walk. The ten most common foods associated with choking in children under the age of five are: hot dogs round candy peanuts grapes cookies meat chunks/ slices raw carrot slices peanut butter apple chunks [...]
When baby foods in jars were first produced, they consisted of single vegetables, single fruits, and single meats. Since then, the companies have tended toward mixtures of vegetables and starches, fruits and starches, and “dinners” consisting of starches, vegetables, and meats. Most often, the starches are refined rice, refined corn, and refined wheat. And the [...]
This lets you control the ingredients and the preparation method, and save money. You can use fresh, organically grown foods. It’s easier than you might think. You can make a large batch of any healthy food you choose, then puree it to a consistency that your baby currently likes. You can add moisture, if you [...]
Sometime after six months, you’ll want your baby to get used to lumpy or chopped foods. Babies who go much beyond 6 months eating nothing but pureed things often have a hard time accepting lumpy textures. People have the idea that babies can’t handle lumps until they have teeth. This isn’t true. They can mush [...]
Mealtime can turn into a battle of wills as kids fret about some new and seemingly menacing food offering, ask for a specially prepared meal, or just flat out refuse to eat.
Overnutrition from the wrong types of foods is the greatest nutrition-related risk to children today.