Children's Nutrition

Children with allergies nine times more likely to develop emerging, severe chronic food allergy, warns study

16 Oct 2018 --- Children with known skin, food and respiratory allergies should be screened for an emerging, chronic food allergy called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), warns a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Pediatric allergists who analyzed a group of children from birth to adolescence say that EoE should be considered a later component of the “allergic march” – the natural progression in which many children develop a series of allergies.

US study uncovers "continued" use of harmful ingredients in OTC dietary supplements

15 Oct 2018 --- Potentially harmful active pharmaceuticals continue to be identified in US over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplements commonly marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss or muscle building, according to a study published in JAMA. The researchers analyzed US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings from 2007 through 2016 to show that unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients were identified in 776 dietary supplements. In response, US health bodies and trade associations are calling for consumer caution and reform to ensure supplements are free from pharmaceutical contamination.

HMO expansion: Jennewein Biotechnologie to strengthen portfolio with Arthus Mineralsprings facility buy

09 0ct 2018 --- Jennewein Biotechnologie is to expand its production of human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) from its current portfolio of two products to include five more. The expansion is facilitated through the company's acquisition of the former facilities of Arthus Mineralsprings in Bad Hönningen, Germany. Jennewein plans to build a new integrated fermentation and recovery plant for the production of HMOs.

Digital marketing may increase energy drink usage among teens, study finds

05 Oct 2018 --- The digital marketing of energy drinks is more pervasive with young adults than other marketing methods, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior has found, and it can also lead to increased consumption. The researchers are calling for more regulation of marketing to young adults through non-traditional avenues such as social media, as well as increased levels of nutritional education to deter them from the caffeinated beverages.

Vitamin D supplements linked to weight loss in obese children

02 Oct 2018 --- Simple vitamin D supplementation may be part of an effective strategy to tackle childhood obesity and reduce the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, in adulthood, according to research presented at the 57th Annual European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology Meeting. Obesity in childhood and adolescence represents a major health problem worldwide, which leads to the development of expensive, serious and debilitating complications, including heart disease and diabetes, in later life. 

Vitamin B shows protective effect on kidney health in children with diabetes

01 Oct 2018 --- Simple supplementation of vitamin B complex may protect against the development and progression of kidney disease in children with Type 1 diabetes, according to research presented at the 57th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting last week. Vitamin B could thus help promote improved health and quality of life in adulthood, the researchers say.

Despite restaurant pledges, most children eat unhealthy items with fast-food meals

27 Sep 2018 --- Seventy-four percent of kids receive unhealthy drinks or side items with their children's meals when they visit one of the four largest US restaurant chains – McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Subway – despite the restaurants' commitments to offer healthier options with kids' meals. This finding is part of a new report on fast-food restaurant purchases for children, conducted by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.

Researchers aim to curb unhealthy weight gain in pregnant women using technological tools

24 Sep 2018 --- With proper nutritional guidance and technological tools, it is safe and feasible to restrict weight gain in obese pregnant women, a Northwestern Medicine study has found. The “novel” study, coined MOMFIT (Maternal Offspring Metabolics: Family Intervention Trial), was the first of its kind to include a commercially available smartphone app in the weight-loss approach, according to the research team.

Parents uncertain about young children’s dietary transitions, IFIC survey shows

24 Sep 2018 --- A majority of parents of children under 24 months old are confident that they are feeding them an age-appropriate and nutritious diet, a survey by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation has found. However, in addition to these positive findings, the survey also uncovered parents’ underlying concerns around issues like what foods to introduce into their kids’ diets and when. The survey, funded by the US National Yogurt Association, points to the need for clear, unambiguous information on what constitutes good children’s nutrition.

Fish-rich diet during pregnancy may boost baby's brain development

21 Sep 2018 --- Regularly eating fatty fish during pregnancy could boost the development of an unborn child's eyesight and brain function, according to a small-scale study led by Kirsi Laitinen of the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital in Finland. Published in the journal Pediatric Research, the results support previous findings that show how important a mother's diet and lifestyle choices during pregnancy are for the development of her baby.

More needs to be done to address food marketing to kids, says US consumer group 

21 Sep 2018 --- The Council of Better Business Bureaus’ Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) has released updates to its self-regulatory program to address food marketing to children. The updates include progress toward lower sodium targets and clearer added sugars labeling. Although 18 prominent food, beverage and restaurant companies have pledged to adopt the updates, US lobby group the Center for the Science in Public Interest (CSPI) has criticized the updates for failing to heed expert advice.

UK yogurt sugar content often well above recommended threshold, survey finds

21 Sep 2018 --- Many yogurts sold in UK supermarkets contain high levels of sugar, a survey published in BMJ has highlighted. Researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Surrey analyzed the product information of 921 yogurts and found that organic yogurts and those marketed towards children, in particular, had high levels of sugar. Fewer than 9 percent of products surveyed contained less than the 5 g of sugar per 100 grams threshold required to be classed “low sugar” and carry a green “traffic light” nutritional label in the UK. As such, reformulation for the reduction of free sugars in yogurts is warranted.

Probiotic use associated with fewer antibiotic prescriptions: study

20 Sep 2018 --- Healthy infants and children who take probiotics as a preventative measure receive fewer antibiotic prescriptions, a scientific paper published in European Journal of Public Health reports. The findings are of particular interest considering the growing global demand for ways to reduce antibiotic use, given the urgent public health threat of antibiotic resistance. 

High gluten diet during pregnancy could double risk of diabetes in children, study finds

20 Sep 2018 --- A high gluten intake by mothers during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of their child developing Type 1 diabetes, a study published in The BMJ suggests.

Parental stress over kids fussy eating may impact future food preference, study finds

18 Sep 2018 --- Parents report a high level of concern over the long-term health consequences for their fussy eating children, leading them to adopt non-responsive feeding practices such as pressuring or rewarding for eating, says a study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Although fussy eating is a developmentally normal and transient phase for most children, the behavior can be stressful. The study notes, however, that parental responses can be detrimental to the long-term health of the children, leading to unhealthy food preferences in the future, for example.

Trash to treasure: UK skincare start-up brings a fresh-faced approach to repurposing ingredients from the coffeehouse

10 Sep 2018 --- Food waste is the single largest component going into municipal landfills in the US, as well as many other countries across the globe. As a result, reducing or repurposing food waste will be one of the key industry concerns when it comes to truly performing in terms of a circular economy. So far, the notion of a circular economy is being dominated at a B2B level, but with growing consumer calls for full transparency across the supply chain, you can expect this to move up the B2C agenda too.

Nestlé study uncovers gaps in children’s diets, as French fries found to be no. 1 vegetable consumed

10 Sep 2018 --- More than a quarter (27 percent) of young children do not consume a single discrete serving of vegetables on a given day, according to the findings from Nestlé’s Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS). Among the toddlers who do eat vegetables, French fries are the no. 1 vegetable consumed, raising serious concerns about the nutritional intake of this age group.

Preemie nutrition: Study advises on automated tool to calculate nutritional needs

05 Sep 2018 --- Researchers are advising that an automated tool is developed to rapidly calculate nutritional intake for extremely premature babies – preemies – during the transition from intravenous nutrition (IV feeds) to enteral nutrition (feeds through the gut).

How do children want their food served? New research can offer advice

05 Sep 2018 --- Getting children to eat their food can be a challenge, but new research may be able to offer some help. Researchers at the Future Consumer Lab have found that children have different preferences for how food should be arranged on the plate to make them want to eat it, depending on gender and age.

UK and South Korean governments take aim at energy drinks sold to children

30 Aug 2018 --- Linked to headaches and hyperactivity, among other health issues, the sale of caffeinated drinks, which are often also high in sugar, is coming under increased scrutiny. Both the South Korean and British governments have this week announced their resolve to curb the availability of such beverages to children, in an attempt to “protect children from products that are damaging to their health and education.”