Children's Nutrition

FSAI Launches Consultation on Vitamin D Supplements for Infants in Ireland

29 Jun 2017 --- The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today announced that it is holding a public consultation on the criteria for 5µg Vitamin D only supplements to be listed as suitable for infants in Ireland. The online consultation started yesterday and will be held until 11 August. FSAI invites caregivers, health professionals, food supplement manufacturers, food businesses and any other interested parties to take part. This consultation is in the form of a survey which can be found on the FSAI website.

More than Half of Foods Aimed at Children are Unhealthy, Australian Survey Shows

28 Jun 2017 --- New research by Australia’s Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has found that more than half of supermarket products marketed at kids are unhealthy. The OPC surveyed 186 packaged foods with cartoons or character promotions designed to attract children and found that 52 percent were classified as unhealthy by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion calculator, which looks at the amount of energy and certain nutrients (e.g. saturated fat, sugars, sodium) present in the food.

Food for Thought: UK Teenagers Losing Learning Time Due to Hunger

27 Jun 2017 --- Teenage pupils in high school can lose around 51 minutes’ worth of vital learning time a day because their concentration levels dip due to hunger. This is according to the results of a survey conducted in the UK by Kellogg’s. The survey results show that 82 percent of teachers in Britain have seen teens arriving at school hungry every day. And nearly four in 10 teachers believed one reason children in their class were hungry was due to their parents being unable to afford food for breakfast.

Buhler Awarded Contract to Support Food Fortification Program in Pakistan

26 Jun 2017 --- To support the fortification of staple foods in Pakistan, the UK-based Food Fortification Program has awarded Bühler a multi-million contract to supply more than 1000 micro feeders in 2017 and 2018. The program is funded with US$48 million from the UK’s Department for International Development. By directly supporting local mills and food factories, the program is aiming to have a substantial impact on the well-being of close to 100 million people.

Tackling Obesity in Kids and Adolescents: Getting Physical, Changing Diet and Behavior is Key

22 Jun 2017 --- Some of the latest health evidence points toward changing diets and increasing physical activity and patterns of behavior as the most significant ways to tackle obesity in kids and adolescent. Two recently published Cochrane Reviews are the last in a series of related systematic reviews summarizing evidence on the effects of different interventions for treating obesity and overweight in childhood and adolescence. 

Childhood Infections Linked to Increased Risk for Celiac Disease

21 Jun 2017 --- A new study has found infections during infancy may lead to an increased risk for gluten intolerance (celiac disease). According to the research, the risk is particularly high in the case of repeated gastrointestinal infections in the first year of life. This conclusion was drawn by scientists of the Institute for Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), after analyzing data provided by the Bavarian Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians.

Researchers Explore Link Between Folic Acid and Food Allergies

06 Jun 2017 --- The newly closed congress on One Carbon Metabolism and its link with Folate, SAMe and Glutathione - ICHOCM 2017 - has offered new thoughts about the role of folic acid supplementation in pregnancy and its implications in food allergies outcome in children. The increased prevalence of childhood allergic diseases has been well-documented from the 1990s on, but the reasons for this increase are largely unknown. Current evidence points to a multifactorial etiology with a complex genetic predisposition, interacting with key environmental factors, including dietary changes.

Childhood Obesity Has Long-Term Health Implications: UK Study

31 May 2017 --- Obesity in childhood has long-term health implications stretching into adulthood and predicts the risk of adult adiposity, which is associated with the earlier onset of cardiovascular disease, this is according to a new study in the journal Obesity Reviews. Conducting a meta-analysis on data collected from over 300,000 participants across 18 studies, researchers from the University of Surrey identified increased arterial damage and enhanced likelihood of pre-diabetes in participants who were obese in childhood. 

Experts Confirm GRAS Status for Lallemand’s ProbioKid Formula

30 May 2017 --- Lallemand's ProbioKid and its specific probiotic strains by yeast and bacteria specialists have been recognized as safe in the US and Canada. Confirming GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status, an expert panel has recognized that both the ProbioKid formula and individual probiotic strains (Lactobacillus helveticus Rosell-52, Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33, Bifidobacterium bifidum Rosell71) are safe for infants and children. This includes their use in infant formula. 

Obesity Contributes to Cardiovascular Ill-Health, Even in Young People

29 May 2017 --- Although higher than normal body mass index (BMI) is known to lead to cardiovascular ill-health in mid-to-late life, there has been limited investigation of its effect in young, apparently healthy, adults. Researchers have now shown that having a higher BMI can cause worse cardiovascular health in those aged as young as 17, according to a study presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics on Sunday.

EFSA Publishes New Guidance on Infant Formula from Protein Hydrolysates

12 May 2017 --- New guidance published by EFSA will assist applicants in preparing and presenting dossiers for authorisation of infant and/or follow-on formulae manufactured from protein hydrolysates. It will also help applicants in preparing dossiers to assess a product’s efficacy in reducing the risk of infants becoming allergic to milk proteins. 

Taking Folic Acid Throughout Pregnancy May Increase Children’s Emotional Intelligence

12 May 2017 --- Taking folic acid supplements throughout pregnancy may improve psychological development in children. That is the finding of research by Professor Tony Cassidy and colleagues from Ulster University who presented their study on 4 May to the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society in Brighton.

Ireland to Become First Country to Restrict Junk Food Marketing Aimed at Children

10 May 2017 --- Ireland is set to become the first country globally to restrict unhealthy food sponsorships aimed at children of primary school age, once a newly developed code of practice is launched. The code, developed jointly by the Department of Health, the HSE, food companies and advertisers alike, has the objective of reducing people’s exposure to the marketing of food and drinks which are high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS).

DSM Reveal Untapped Potential for Maternal Nutrition Products

10 May 2017 --- DSM Nutritional Products is unveiling the results of a new survey into maternal supplement usage behavior in pregnant women and new mothers with children of up to two years old at Vitafoods Europe 2017. The findings from 1,216 respondents across Europe revealed that supplement intake peaked during pregnancy and very early motherhood, with 87% of respondents reporting consumption of vitamin supplements or fortified products whilst pregnant and 75% purchasing in the first 6 months post-partum.

FrieslandCampina DOMO Launch Organic Infant Syrup

09 May 2017 --- In response to increasing consumer demand for organic infant formula, FrieslandCampina DOMO has become the first producer to globally introduce organic GOS syrup. This organic dairy ingredient is rich in non-digestible galacto-oligosaccharides, produced from organic-certified lactose using a proprietary enzymatic technology. 

Lallemand Probiotic Strains Recognized as Safe in North America For Children

08 May 2017 --- Lallemand Health Solutions has announced that in both of the US and Canada, its ProbioKid is recognized as safe for infants, toddlers and young children, based on extensive safety and efficacy documentation. The panel has recognized that both the ProbioKid formula and individual probiotic strains (Lactobacillus helveticus Rosell-52, Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33, Bifidobacterium bifidum Rosell-71) are safe for infants and children, including their use in infant formula, confirming the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for this population category.

Parents Less Likely to Scrutinize Nutritional Value of "Health Halo" Foods

04 May 2017 --- Parents are significantly more likely to purchase "health halo" products - branded to cause misleading assumptions of good nutritional value - for their children when they only view package images and don't examine nutritional labels, according to research by a Northwell Health pediatrician.

UK: Tesco Kickstarts “Healthy Choices” Campaign

02 May 2017 --- UK supermarket Tesco has launched a campaign to help customers make healthier purchasing decisions, as part of the retailer's drive to support healthy choices, cut sugar, fat and salt across of range of products and lower the price of fresh produce as well as promote fruit and vegetables at the checkout. 

Emotional Feeding Increases Emotional Eating Habit in Children

25 Apr 2017 --- School-age children whose parents fed them to soothe their negative feelings were more likely to eat emotionally later on in life, according to a new longitudinal study from researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, King's College London, University College London, and the University of Leeds.

Specific Probiotic Strain Shown to Reduce Gestational Diabetes Incidence by Nearly 70%

20 Apr 2017 --- A new study has shown how a certain probiotic may reduce the risk of gestational diabetes by nearly 70 percent. Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and the University of Auckland, looked at how a ‘home-grown’ naturally occurring probiotic reduces the risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy and lowers fasting blood sugar.