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That's tragic, because it amounts to a lab-rat stu...

2008-05-04T22:58:00.000-05:00

That's tragic, because it amounts to a lab-rat study on a national level, using kids as the experimental animals, and we may not even know all these consequences until several generations later.

I also suspect that real effects that might for example slow growth, may be invisibly mitigated by other effects that have the reverse effect, eg the hormones in food. How long would it take us to realize that if you malnutrition and undercalorie and overgrain a child, it would stunt their growth and development a little, when we have hormones that accelerate growth and development?

I suspect there is another reason day care centers feed the children so much fruit: because it is a helluva lot easier to say "here, have a banana" than to actually plan, prepare and cook something, which is messier, and then clean up after, for a bunch of kids. Given the choice between a grilled chicken breast (low-fat but good on protein and nutrients) vs. a pear and carrot sticks, guess which one is both cheapier and easier. The "we're avoiding feeding high-fat" is to me, probably secondary and merely very convenient.



The three favorite food items of my son (3 and hal...

2008-04-25T12:12:00.000-05:00

The three favorite food items of my son (3 and half) are (in this order), mascarpone, creamed coconut and butter. He loves to take a spoon of mascarpone (an italian cream-chees with 44% fat). He eats creamed coconut (70% fat) like candy. For the butter he can eat it directly without bread or something, even I can not do it.
The quantities are not big, but it is something he really likes.

The funny part is, that I never ever forced him to eat it, he tried it himself and loved it.

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It is also scary to hear that, "a significant numb...

2008-04-23T14:32:00.000-05:00

It is also scary to hear that, "a significant number of children attend nurseries from 7am until 7pm." Yikes! Why even have kids if they are in daycare for their entire day. Who is the "parent" here?



Funny, I just posted about kids diets!It pains me ...

2008-04-22T07:53:00.000-05:00

Funny, I just posted about kids diets!

It pains me to think that school menus are in some cases being legislated to contain certain nutrients - fibre, etc - and to disclude certain things - fat, mainly. I am all for getting rid of the junk and the sugar, but replacing them with grains and low fat milk is nowhere near an improvement.

The calorie requirements were eye-opening! Wow. How many people are aware of this? Shouldn't anyone who takes care of children know this? I shudder to think at what will happen to these obese kids who are being put on low calorie diets - they're being set up for a lifelong struggle.