FDA Warns Against Food Thickener in Infant Formula

Many different types of milk (other than an infant formula) have been given to babies in the past, but we now know that a lot of these are not suitable for babies and can cause serious health problems.

The base in the majority of infant formulas comes from cow’s milk, goat’s milk or soy beans, which has been modified or changed with important nutrients added so that the formula is similar to breast milk in nutrient composition.

It’s not a perfect match because the exact chemical make-up of breast milk is unknown.

The Food and Drug Administration is telling parents, health care workers and people who take care of babies to avoid using a thickener for breast milk or formula fed to premature infants.

A product called SimplyThick may be causing life-threatening damage to children’s intestines, the agency said.

The FDA, which first learned about possible problems with SimplyThick on May 13, is now aware of 15 cases of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), including two deaths.

In all those cases, the FDA says SimplyThick gel was added to the formula or breast milk fed to the babies, who had trouble swallowing because of complications from their premature birth.

Is Ronald McDonald bad for kids?

The first Ronald was the TV weatherman Willard Scott in his younger years.

Scott had been doing Bozo the Clown on local television.

When the show was canceled, an enterprising McDonald’s franchise asked him to come up with a clown figure that would lure the kids into the restaurant.

Ray Kroc, owner of McDonald’s, saw the clown, liked the idea and extended it to the whole country.

Adults bear an enormous responsibility for the obesity epidemic among children.

Yet there’s also no question that even conscientious parents and guardians, who really do try to do well by kids and teach them healthy life choices, are not playing on a level field.

They’re going up against billions of dollars spent every year in corporate marketing, all aimed at teaching kids to make exactly the opposite sorts of choices

The fast-food giant hit back at a group of 550 doctors and health-care professionals who took out ads in U.S. newspapers demanding that the company do away with its redheaded clown mascot and its other marketing towards kids.

“Stop making the next generation sick — retire Ronald and the rest of your junk-food marketing to kids,” said Dr. Steven Rothschild, an associate professor of preventative medicine at Rush Medical College in a release on Wednesday.

It Might Surprise You to Know What a “Portion” is!

You have a bowl and you fill it to the brim and you think that you’re having a “serving”.

It may surprise you to know that most recommended “serving” sizes are much smaller than you think.

Not to mention the fact that everything from plates to cups are super-sized these days, we are misled into believing that we are eating a portion when in fact we are eating 2,3,or 6 times what we need!

Cereal 1 cup = a baseball
Salad Dressing 2 Tbsp. = a shot glass
Cheese 1 oz. = a golf ball
Nuts 1 oz. = 1 cupped palm
Hamburger 3 oz = mayo jar lid
Beef 3 oz. = deck of cards
Rice 1/2 c = ice cream scoop
Sweet Potato = computer mouse
Butter 1 tsp = a waterbottle cap
Pasta 1/2 cup = a tennis ball

Gluten-free whether you need it or not!

Trying a gluten-free diet is not such a bad idea.

Even though it’s an extremely difficult diet to follow people who struggle with gut problems but have tested negative for celiac disease are determined to take matters into their own hands.

By eliminating gluten rich foods from the diet they can reduce intestinal upset and improve the quality of their lives.

With all the new gluten-free products on the market these days, it has become increasingly easier to eat healthily and continue to enjoy a variety of foods.

“Within a week of eliminating [gluten], I started to feel markedly better,” says Cooper, now 36, from Melbourne, Australia. “It wasn’t a gradual feeling better; it was almost a crossing-the-street kind of thing.”

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