Category Archives: children health

Halloween has always been a challenge for parents. Do you restrict kids’ candy consumption, or do you let them “binge” and then go back to eating healthfully on November 1st? This year, there’s a new wrinkle – Halloween-themed breakfast cereals.

Let’s be honest – most breakfast cereal, at least the ones that appeal to kids, aren’t that healthy anyway. They are loaded with sugar and artificial flavorings. But, now General Mills has rolled out a record 5 “Monster Cereals” this month, to play off Halloween at the end of October. Parents should beware, though – and not just of the … Read the rest

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Burger King just announced a new product – diet French fries! But, is a “diet fry” for real? As with most nutrition-related topics, the answer isn’t clearly “yes” or “no.”

Yes, Burger King’s new “Satisfries” are better than regular French fries. They contain about 30 percent less fat and 20 percent fewer calories than regular fries. And, that’s almost 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than their closest competitor, McDonald’s fries.

No, these fries are not really “healthy,” though. A regular serving still contains 11 grams of fat and 270 calories, so they are hardly “diet” food. … Read the rest

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A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that children of obese mothers have increased risks for developing serious cardiovascular disease and early death. Yikes!

The study is based on the health records of more than 37,000 people born in Scotland between 1950 and 1976. It does not try to explain why a mother’s weight would affect the health of an adult child decades later. Genes may play a role, and so too might family lifestyle. There is abundant evidence that adult eating habits are often originally defined during childhood, so family lifestyle may play a significant … Read the rest

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The journal, Pediatrics, just published the results of a very interesting study. In the study of children’s snack foods, researchers found that children who were given a combination of healthy foods consumed significantly fewer calories before feeling full than those given potato chips. Even more important was the finding that calorie intake was more pronounced in those children who were overweight or obese and those who were from “low-involvement” families.

In the study, children who were given vegetables only consumed about 60 calories before feeling full, while children in the group who were given chips only consumed more than … Read the rest

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I still believe that Halloween is a holiday invented by dentists! Nothing does a better or faster job of rotting kids’ teeth than sticky, chewy candy. (I’m joking, of course – I love dentists!)

And the expectations are high. Kids expect something good when they knock on your door and hold out their bag. I can still remember which houses in my neighborhood were known for the best treats, and on the flip side, which ones to avoid.

As we get ready for Halloween next week, it would be great if you could give out treats that were healthy (or … Read the rest

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