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Children's Health and Feeding Kids

What Exactly is Good Nutrition?
Secretly we all want just a few things in life — none the least of which is to live a life that is healthy and energetic. One way to accomplish this is to eat a well balanced diet that fuels the body to take on life's challenges.

French Fries, Kids and Breast Cancer
French fries have appeared in the medical research news once again. This time a large study examined the correlation between breast cancer incidence later in life and a list of 30 foods eaten during the preschool years. Interestingly, the food with the highest correlation to breast cancer was french fries.

Soy Milk Alternatives
Maybe you’re a vegetarian who’s decided to go vegan, or perhaps you’ve just opted to give up drinking cow’s milk. Either way, there’s a good chance you’ve reached for a carton of soy milk to replace the dairy.

Decoding Food Labels
Whether you're concerned about cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes or simply losing weight, you want to eat a healthy diet and focus on foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and balanced in fats, carbs, proteins.

Gluten-Free Holidays
If you’re the parent of a celiac child, who must keep your child on a gluten-free diet, you have to be extra careful during the holidays to ensure Aunt Sally doesn’t slip little Mikey a chocolate chip cookie.

What Should I Eat, Coach?
One year ago, the Wellborn family from Plano needed help. Eleven-year-old Brecken was growing broader faster than he was growing taller and some of the kids at school were beginning to tease. Additionally, the Wellborns suspected that 13-year-old Makenna, a competitive gymnast, needed more protein in her diet to get her through her intense schedule of practices. “We were going through a period of poor eating habits,” recalls mom Pam Wellborn, “and we wanted to nip it in the bud.”

10 Smart Reasons to Use Fish Oil
We are in the grip of an omega-3 fish oil wave. Every day, more studies are published showing just how important this nutrient is to us. Last week, it was children with concentration problems; this week, it is children with autism.

The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners
Back to school time often means thinking about what to put in your child’s lunchbox. If you’re like most parents, you’re probably concerned about the increasing rate of childhood diabetes and obesity.

10 Back-to-School Power Breakfasts
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for growing school children. It provides the necessary brain and body power to make it through the first half of the day. Children who start out each school day with a good breakfast perform better academically and have fewer behavior problems.

Make Your Own Baby Food
Making your own homemade baby food will ensure that what your child is eating is fresh, nutritious and free of additives. By making your own baby food, you'll be saving money. Also, you will have total control over what is put into your baby's food. You can therefore take the extra steps to ensure that only high quality foods are selected and used. You will be able to feed your baby according to his or her needs because you will know what foods are best suited for your baby from experience.

Make Your Own Frozen Baby Food
With our twin boys getting ready to start solid food, I have been reading about making and freezing my own baby food. It is very easy! You can make up large quantities of baby meals and freeze them for later use.

The Rise of Eco-Parenting
An article about organic foods, organic clothing, cloth diapering and chemical-free toiletries as it matters to parents. Written by an author in the UK, but affecting parents worldwide.

A Closer Look At Your Child's School Lunch
Starting in October 2002, irradiated meats became featured in many U.S. school lunch programs. Food manufacturers in the United States are currently allowed to irradiate raw meat and poultry to control microbial pathogens and began marketing irradiated beef products in mid 2000. However, according to Samuel Epstein, M.D., professor emeritus of environmental and occupational m medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, consumers are wary of irradiated food — and with good reason.

Local Honey: Can It Alleviate Allergies?
As one who makes his living by writing about allergies and asthma, I am often asked about the potential health benefits of using local honey. Here I am talking about alleviating allergy symptoms, not “curing” allergies, which is far easier said than done. Honey contains bits and pieces of pollen and honey. As an immune system booster, it is quite powerful. In talks and articles and in my books, I advocate using local honey. Frequently I’ll get e-mails from readers who want to know exactly what I mean by local honey, and how “local” should it be. This is what I usually advise.

Is Fish Still Safe to Eat?
Fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat and contain omega-3 fatty acids. A well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and children's proper growth and development. However, nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. For most people, the risk from mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern. Yet, some fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child's developing nervous system.

Starting Solids
When should you start feeding your baby solid foods? The answer is when your pediatrician tells you that it's ok to start solid foods. She will probably agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics, whose guidelines state that the best time to begin feeding your baby solid foods is between 4 and 6 months of age.

Find Community Resources
In an ever-expanding global market, it's easy to forget that most of our needs can be met by using the resources we have access to in our own communities. As gasoline prices rise, which in turn tend to increase the price of every item transported, it's to our advantage as well as the environment to buy locally.

The Mother-Child Weight Connection
As the old saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. When it comes to predicting whether or not a child will be overweight as an adult, you don’t have to look much farther than his mother. Maternal obesity is the single most important predictor of obesity in children.

Enough Calcium Without Cow’s Milk??

Now that your child is done with breastfeeding or bottles, how can you make sure she’s getting all the nutrients she needs? We know that children need calcium to build strong bones. Cow’s milk is a good source of calcium and a natural choice for many parents.
But can your child get the same amount of calcium without cow’s milk? The answer is a resounding yes, as long as you know what to look for.

I have three children, and it seems like someone is always sick at our house.
Is there any thing I can do nutritionally to help keep my family healthy and illness-free?

Organic: A Choice For Our Children
As parents, we want to feed our children healthy food. What parent would turn down the chance to give a child delicious, healthy food that is convenient, a good money value and that the child loves...

Now We Need to Supplement with Vitamin D?!?
In April of 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for preventing rickets and vitamin D deficiency in children. Because cases of rickets continue to be reported, the AAP recommends that all children receive a vitamin supplement containing 200 IU of vitamin D daily, unless they drink at least 17 ounces of either vitamin D-fortified milk or infant formula.

Eating to Cure Your Eczema
But while it’s true that food allergies can trigger eczema flare-ups, eliminating allergenic foods doesn’t address the root of the problem.

Eight Easy Ways to Get Your Children to Eat Vegetables
There are children who devour plates of crunchy salads and gobble up steamed broccoli like it was candy, but what do you do if your kids refuse to eat anything green?

Nourishing Your Independent Toddler
Somewhere between 12 and 18 months of age, your easygoing infant becomes a toddler striving to take control of his or her activities. Mealtimes are the worst. While your baby ate anything you put in front of her, you may now have a finicky eater on your hands.


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