The Story of Folic Acid Fortification

The video below (cdc.gov link) documents the compelling story of how Folic Acid fortification has become a staple in the lives of women of child-bearing age everywhere to protect their babies from developing major birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly that are either fatal or have serious, long-term consequences for the child. The documentary short chronicles how spina bifida F could be the next major health problem eradicated after smallpox and polio.

Finding Sugar on Food Labels

Since one of the courses I teach at Yavapai College is Health Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education, I have an interest in learning and sharing nutrition information. A healthy diet for all of us is one that does not have lots of sugar in it. Unfortunately, most processed and prepared foods do have sugar in them. It is important to read labels and be able to identify sugar under its many label names.

Here is a good source for that information, The Harvard School of Public Health.

TOPIC: CALCIUM

Here’s some good information on alternative sources of calcium that may be required by children who are allergic to dairy products.

Mission Nutrition

Following on from our last post, we’re highlighting some alternate sources of calcium for you all! Most commonly, calcium is found in milk and dairy products. However for some reasons (vegan, vegetarian, medical reasons, food aversions etc.) some individuals may not consume these products and may be missing out on essential calcium. Therefore this mineral has to be obtained from other sources instead.

Calcium is needed for development and maintenance of your skeleton, and for muscular and cardiac function. Many other factors do play a role in calcium absorption, storage and use within the body, however calcium itself is an important mineral that is still needed through dietary sources! Women and men who are between 19-30 have a recommended dietary intake of 1000mg per day. This intake is slightly higher in menopausal women (1300mg/day) and for men above 70 years of age (1300mg/day). This picture shows some alternate sources of…

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A ’worrisome’ risk: Most babies are fed solid food too soon, study finds

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This article warns of a growing trend that may be risking babies’ health by giving them solid food before their bodies can tolerate it. While the recommendation is to breast feed until the baby is 6 months old, 40% give their babies solid food before they are 4 months old and nearly 10% at 4 weeks old! That puts infants at risk of choking, as well as developing diarrhea, intestinal inflammation, obesity, and diabetes. It also deprives them of breast-feeding’s benefits: improved immune system health and decreased risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Many mothers falsely believe solid food would help their babies sleep, and more than 50% said their doctors had “told them it was time to introduce solid food.” Young, unmarried, and low-income mothers were also more likely than average to start their babies on solids early because of the high cost of formula.

A ’worrisome’ risk: Most babies are fed solid food too soon, study finds.