Children's Nutrition

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.”

Back to school: Plant-based, organic and convenience trend

23 Aug 2018 --- The summer holidays are coming to an end, heralding in a new school year for millions of children across the globe. The right nutrition is key to learning and parents and students alike will be looking at how they can ensure a healthy, yet convenient, diet that will keep them mentally sharp during the hours they spend in the classroom. NutritionInsight looks at the NPD space of school snacks and packed lunches.

“Industry first”: DSM plans first dedicated early life nutrition premix plant

22 Aug 2018 --- Royal DSM is planning to open what it claims is the industry’s only premix manufacturing facility built exclusively for the maternal and infant nutrition market. Construction of the state-of-the-art plant is due to start in the next few weeks and financial details are not being disclosed. Located in Buk, Poland, the company expects the investment to double production output at the site within the next two years.

Living by a forest diversifies kid’s micronutrient intake, study finds

17 Aug 2018 --- A global study has found that children who live near forests enjoy a better nutrition intake than those who live further away from them. The research, which was conducted across 27 developing countries, identified that children living by forests had at least 25 percent greater diversity in their diets compared to kids who did not. The study, published in Science Advances, notes particular nutrient increases with vitamin A and iron. The findings have the potential for actors attempting to lessen malnutrition through interventions such as fortification, by highlighting the benefit that could come from an integrated approach.

Countering fussy eating: New app helps kids eat more vegetables

06 Aug 2018 --- A team of UK-based researchers has a developed a novel app for kids aimed at getting them to eat more healthily and try more vegetables. The app game, Vegetable Maths Masters is designed to expose children between the ages of 3 and 7 years old to vegetables via a mathematics gaming app where children can practice core maths skills developed in KS1. Depending on the child’s age they can count with vegetables, draw numbers with vegetables, add/ subtract with vegetables and practice multiplication and division skills.

USDA launches campaign to promote breastfeeding

02 Aug 2018 --- The first week of August marks the US National Women Infants and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Week, which aims to promote and support breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for a baby’s first year of life. This year the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is launching a new breastfeeding campaign entitled “WIC Breastfeeding Support – Learn Together. Grow Together.”

Biofortification: The answer to boosting academic performance in India?

02 Aug 2018 --- The consumption of iron-biofortified pearl millet can significantly improve cognitive abilities in Indian adolescents, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition has found. Biofortification uses conventional crop breeding to increase micronutrient levels, to help address preventable deficiencies of key vitamins and minerals. The researchers note that the study findings indicate the potential long-term effects of boosting Indian adolescents’ cognition, potentially increasing social mobility through improved academic and professional performance.

Happy Family introduces new baby food options to meet US nutrition program guidelines

02 Aug 2018 --- Happy Family Organics, the US’ largest organic baby food brand, is furthering its mission to change the trajectory of children’s health through nutrition by expanding its Happy Baby Clearly Crafted line with the addition of a jars offering. The line extension means the company can offer products that adhere to the guidelines of The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).