Children's Nutrition

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.

High Protein Snacks Help Children Behave Better at School, Study Shows

05 Apr 2017 --- Protein-based snacks could lead to improved classroom behavior, according to a group of educators in one US school district. Jennifer Best, Extension Educator at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, worked closely with school staff to test that theory on a small scale, and found that concentration and focus was vastly improved when children snacked on things like hard boiled eggs, rather than high GI snacks.

B12 Deficiency in Children Linked to Lower Cognitive Ability

28 Mar 2017 --- Low levels of vitamin B12 as a child may impact their cognitive level as they grow up, new research has found. In a recent study, children with lower levels had more difficulties solving cognitive tests, such as the ability to do puzzles, recognize letters and interpret other children’s feelings. 

High Intensity Exercise Could Act as “Prescription” For Kids Metobolic Health

27 Mar 2017 --- Just 10 minutes a day of high-intensity physical activity may be the key to helping some children reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, according to an international study led by a researcher at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 

Gelatin-Free Tumeric Gummy to Hit Confectionery Market

21 Feb 2017 --- Anlit Ltd, are launching vegetarian curcumin gummies for consumers seeking curcumin supplement alternatives. Anlit will present this supplement and other novel products during Vitafoods Europe-FPE, May 9-11, 2017, in Geneva.

Up to 40 Percent of Child Obesity Incidences Inherited from Parents

20 Feb 2017 --- Around 35-40 percent of a child's Body Mass Index (BMI) is inherited from their parents, a new study has found, rising to 55-60 per cent for obese children. The study suggests that more than half a child’s tendency towards obesity is determined by genetics and family environment.

One Third of US Parents Confident Children Get Enough Nutrition

20 Feb 2017 --- A recent study has found that only a third of parents with children ages 4-18 are confident that they provide their children with a nutritious diet. The report is based on responses from 1,767 parents who had at least one child age 4-18 years.

High Fructose Consumption Linked to Increase of Liver Disease in Young Consumers

14 Feb 2017 --- Researchers from the UK and Italy have suggested that high levels of dietary fructose and uric acid may be key in the development of poor liver health amongst children and adolescents.

Key Interview: Tackling Toddler Nutrition with Whey Protein Products

13 Feb 2017 --- Since Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI) set their sights on the infant nutrition market, there’s been no stopping them. Now, having already entered the sector with innovating products aimed at toddlers, NutritionInsight caught up with Anne Staudt Kvistgaard, the Head of Sales & Science Development at AFI to discuss both the sector and AFI’s products in more detail. 

Salt Reduction in Breakfast Cereals Over 10 Years, But Sugar Content Still High

10 Feb 2017 --- According to a new study by Action on Sugar and Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) at Queen Mary University of London, the salt content in breakfast cereals has decreased over the last decade, whereas the sugar content has increased.