Diet & Your Baby's Health


Michigan State University Extension recognizes that breastfeeding is good for the health of both mother and baby. A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that infants who are breastfed may also have a better diet in preschool. This study combined four different groups from Britain, France, Portugal and Greece, totaling nearly 10,000 children. The goal was to try to understand how early breastfeeding practices affected fruit and vegetable intake in children 2- to 4-years-old.

Mothers were asked in a study how long they breastfed and when they first introduced fruits and vegetables to their infants in the first 1- to 2-years of the child’s life. The mothers were contacted again when the child was 2- to 4-years-old and asked how often their children ate fruits and vegetables. The study showed that at this stage of early childhood there was no relationship between the time the babies first ate fruits and vegetables and how many fruits and vegetables the children ate in preschool. There was, however, a relationship between how long a baby was breastfed and how many fruits and vegetables the child ate in preschool. Read more about breastfeeding and children's diets...

Juice Plus for Pregnancy?

Penny Maple, RN BSN, first heard about Juice Plus+ about 10 years ago from her mother, who is also an RN. She thought then that it seemed a bit too good to be true. Since it took Penny so long to get pregnant and because she needed some medical assistance to get pregnant in the first place, she was nervous about adding anything to her diet that her doctor didn't recommend. Read what made Penny a believer in Juice Plus...

Omega-3s May Lead to Healthier Babies

Pregnant women who took daily supplements of DHA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid, had longer gestations, bigger babies and fewer early preterm births, according to a new clinical trial.

In the double-blinded study, published online in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers randomly assigned 154 healthy women to take 600 milligrams of DHA during the last half of pregnancy and 147 to take a placebo.

After adjusting for maternal education, socioeconomic status, prior pregnancy, smoking and other risk factors, they found that babies whose mothers took supplements were almost a half pound heavier than those of the mothers who took none, and they were slightly longer with larger head circumferences. Read more here...

From Womb to World

Toxic Food Colorings and Alternatives

Food coloring is found in everything from candy to salad dressing to flavored drinks. The FDA stands behind the safety of colored products and says that American consumers like the brightly colored foods even though they can cause health issues. So we don’t want to take away the fun of celebrating colorful holidays and we can do that without jeopardizing our health. So we've listed below a natural way to color your food... Read more here...

How the First Nine Months Shape the Rest of Your Life

The kind and quantity of nutrition you received in the womb; the pollutants, drugs and infections you were exposed to during gestation; your mother's health, stress level and state of mind while she was pregnant with you — all these factors shaped you as a baby and a child and continue to affect you to this day. Read more here...

Your Diet Affects Your Grandchildren's DNA, Scientists Say

You are what you eat, the saying goes. And, according to two new genetic studies, you are what your mother, father, grandparents and great-grandparents ate, too. Read more here...

Why Are Chemicals Added To Our Food?

Originally, foods were grown and eaten directly from a relatively unpolluted Earth. Wild foods were sought and gathered. Cleaner oceans, lakes and rivers fed us nutritious fish. Animals in the wild provided protein foods to hunters and their tribes. As the human population multiplied, the world expanded, farming progressed, trade specialties developed, and town markets shared a variety of goods among a diversity of people. Read more here...

Why Your Vitamins Aren't Working

With promises to boost health and prevent chronic diseases, supplements can seem like an over the counter cure-all. Consumers more than buy into that notion: Vitamins accounted for roughly one-third of the $23.7 billion spent on supplements in 2007, according to the Nutrition Business Journal. Read more here...

Dr. Mitra Ray on Juice Plus+® and Pregnancy

Having had two healthy pregnancies, I speak from first-hand experience. I have every reason to believe through the research and my own experience that Juice Plus+® is the “Mercedes Benz” of prenatals. In 10 years, I predict that every OBGYN will be recommending Juice Plus+® over prenatal supplementation. Read more here...

Pregnant Mom's Diet May Affect Generations

A mother's diet during pregnancy may affect the genes of her future generations, according to lab tests on mice. In the study, researchers found that supplements given to pregnant mice not only affected the coloring of their offspring, but their offspring's offspring as well. The findings appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more here...

Study of Diet and pregnancy status in Australian women

This study represents the largest study in Australia and one of the largest international studies to have investigated diet quality in young women and to have described differences by pregnancy subgroup. Clearly, the diets of many young Australian women do not meet the current national recommendations outlined in the dietary guidelines, core foods and nutrient reference values and this result is likely to be mirrored in other Western countries. Read more here...

Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food

GM foods are particularly dangerous for pregnant moms and children. After GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died—compared to 10 percent deaths among controls fed natural soy. GM-fed babies were smaller, and possibly infertile. Read more here...

Eat Your Broccoli to Protect Your Baby

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables contain a cancer-protective nutrient called Indole-3-carbinol. Research at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University suggests that pregnant and nursing women who eat lots of cruciferous vegetables may be able to protect their babies not only against childhood cancers but against lung cancer later in life. Read more here...

Baby's Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth

Want your child to love veggies? Start early. Very early. Research shows that what a woman eats during pregnancy not only nourishes her baby in the womb, but may shape food preferences later in life. At 21 weeks after conception, a developing baby weighs about as much as a can of Coke — and he or she can taste it, too. Still in the womb, the growing baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid daily. That fluid surrounding the baby is actually flavored by the foods and beverages the mother has eaten in the last few hours. Read more here...

Eating for Two

Every pregnant mother is concerned with what she eats while nurturing her unborn child. The good news is that it’s not that complicated: the rules for good health during pregnancy are the same as the rules for good health during the rest of your life – it’s just more important to make the right choices as they will influence the baby’s health for the rest of his or her life. Basically, you should eat a large variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains (more than 90% of your caloric intake), get plenty of exercise, drink lots of water, and get adequate rest. Read more here...

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