Foodfacts.com wonders: have you thought recently about what healthy portion sizes are? Taking it one step further, how many of us really know what a portion size is? Many of us tend to underestimate the amount of food we eat and, as a result, we frequently overestimate the recommended portion sizes for many foods. (more…)
FDA cites labels for baby food, nuts, other products; Agency set to issue draft labeling guidelines soon
Foodfacts.com Blog staff has learned via Reuters news service that U.S. health regulators warned units of a leading food product company and more than a dozen other foodmakers about overstating or misstating the nutritional value of baby food, nuts and other products on their labels.
Most of the letters made public on Wednesday accuse the companies of making claims on their food packages and websites over trans fat content, antioxidant advantages, and omega-3 benefits that fail to Food and Drug Administration guidelines. (more…)
A few years ago, the Australian Government launched a $6 million campaign to reduce Child obesity and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) welcomed the focus on kids’ health. (more…)
Causes of Childhood Obesity
As with adult-onset obesity, childhood obesity has multiple causes centering around an imbalance between energy in (calories obtained from food) and energy out (calories expended in the basal metabolic rate and physical activity). Childhood obesity most likely results from an interaction of nutritional, psychological, familial, and physiological factors. (more…)
Celiac disease (CD) is an inherited intestinal disorder characterized by life-long intolerance to the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Although CD can be diagnosed at any age, it commonly occurs during early childhood (between 9 and 24 months). Reduced bone mineral density is often found in individuals with CD. An article in the Nutrition Review examines the literature on the topic and reveals that a gluten-free diet can affect children’s recovery. (more…)