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irresponsible conclusions on prompting kids to try new foods

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Blog Posts |

Some thoughts on the study, “Predicting Successful Introduction of Novel Fruit to Preschool Children.” From the Journal of the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition. (links at bottom) First and foremost, most of what busy clinicians (or parents, or “science reporters”) will read is the abstract or just the conclusion or press release, which is why I find this so troublesome.  Whenever you see “evidence based,” know how problematic that can be, when the...

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Chocolate milk helps kids shed the pounds!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Blog Posts | 8 comments

This study about beverages and BMI (Public Health Nutrition Journal)  in a sampling of Mexican American children showed that the more flavored milk kids drank, the lower the BMI. (Soda was associated with an increased risk of “obesity,” interestingly, juice and other sugar-sweetened beverages showed no effect…) OK, I don’t really believe that chocolate milk makes kids thinner, or fatter. I believe there is a complex play of factors, from genetics to poverty, to timing...

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three “a-ha” studies that shaped how I thought about food and feeding

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Blog Posts | 10 comments

Here are a few of my favorite studies. I have included citations, links, and italics are excerpts from my book Love Me, Feed Me, ‘cus I’m lazy (busy), and heck, it’s already edited and proofed What are your favorite studies? Do these make you think at all differently? 1) Pass the Ketchup Please Pliner P, Stallberg-White C. “Pass the Ketchup, Please:” Familiar Flavors Increase Children’s Willingness to Taste Novel Foods. Appetite. 2000;34:95-103. “Condiments can be...

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Enjoy your cheese and creamy yogurt. Feel-good and taste-good science.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Blog Posts |

Any time I can find science that doesn’t freak people out, and in fact calms fears, I am thrilled. When formerly demonized foods/nutrients like eggs, salt, coffee, or whatever are rebutted, I jump for joy. For a long time, I’ve been skeptical about the low-fat/fat-free dairy push and hype. Not only skeptical, but worried with the obesity panic that one year-olds are put on skim or low-fat milk and are not getting enough fat. When my daughter was in Kindergarten, she was teased by...

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family meals don’t matter? not so fast!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

Food for Thought: Do Family Meals Really Make a Difference for Child Academics or Behavior? This and other recent articles and editorials based on a recent study are suggesting that family meals don’t really matter as much as we think. From the NYT editorial, “So if you aren’t able to make the family meal happen on a regular basis, don’t beat yourself up: just find another way to connect with your kids.” Hmmm, this caught my attention. From the Food for thought article...

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