Myth 30: Lots Of Milk Builds Strong Bones

milkFor years, doctors and scientists have told the public to drink milk, eat dairy products and take calcium supplements to improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis. The problem is they’re wrong.  Continue reading

Myth 29: High Fructose Corn Syrup Is The Worst Of The Evils

sugarAside from the obvious nutritional benefits of ingesting natural sugars from their source, eating foods created from refined sugar of any kind seems to fall firmly within the jurisdiction of the epithet, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Continue reading

Myth 24: Breast is best

milkfactory“In certain overachieving circles, breast-feeding is no longer a choice — it’s a no-exceptions requirement, the ultimate badge of responsible parenting. Yet the actual health benefits of breast-feeding are surprisingly thin, far thinner than most popular literature indicates. Is breast-feeding right for every family? Or is it this generation’s vacuum cleaner – an instrument of misery that mostly just keeps women down?” Excerpt from the new article “The Case Against Breast-Feeding” appearing in the April issue of The Atlantic written by Hanna Rosin. Continue reading

Myth 23: Breastfeeding prevents obesity

1-23babybottle1According to David Barker, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Southampton, UK and professor of Cardiovascular in the Department of Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University and one of the authors of the report, “A longer period of breastfeeding was associated with lower BMI (a measure for weight) at one year of age. This relationship disappeared by the age of 7 years.” Similarly, there was no significant difference in BMI at the age of 60 years associated with duration of breastfeeding.

These findings may help explain why some studies that examined breastfed infants during the first year of life suggested a protective effect of breastfeeding and obesity, whereas other studies that examined the relationship later in life have found no such effect. Continue reading

Myth 17: Kids like candy better than fruits and veggies.

FruitContrary to popular belief, a new study released by First 5 California found that parents don’t need to sneak fruits and vegetables into their children’s meals — kids say they actually like them! Interviews with more than 100 preschoolers across California revealed that kids not only know it’s important to eat fruits and vegetables, they frequently prefer them to candy.

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Myth 16: Gorging on candy rots your teeth.

CandyMark Helpin, pediatric dentist of Temple University, says that it is better to let your kids gorge themselves on candy periodically than to let them have a little piece here and there throughout the day.

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Myth 12: Feed baby veggies before fruits.

We’ve all heard the warning, “introduce baby to vegetables before fruits or she will only want to eat sweet foods”. And well intentioned parents, who fed their baby bananas as one of her first foods, fret over visions of a future obese child who crosses her arms at the sight of a carrot and screams for Twinkies.

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Myth 3: 2% milk is now better for toddlers.

ImageWeek of July 16, 2008 the American Academy of Pediatrics basically said, “Since kids keep being obese we will change science to make them be skinnier.” For the past 10 years the AAP has been recommending whole milk, instead of reduced fat milk, for kids between 1 and 2 years of age. The reason was that whole milk is rich with fat soluble vitamins that growing toddlers need to thrive. But now, because so many children are showing up with unhealthfully high cholesterol levels, the AAP has changed their recommendation. They now recommend that toddlers drink 2% milk instead of whole milk (which is 3.25% fat). They reason that, in general, children are getting too much fat in their diets from other sources so why go overkill on the milk fat?

While the American Academy of Pediatrics is busily rewriting the rulebook against whole milk, the Canadian Paediatric Society continues to stand firm on a general recommendation for it. In summary, like everything else in life, there is no black and white when it comes to nutrition. Parents, ask your pediatrician an annoying amount of questions and make sure that you get a personalized recommendation based on your own child’s needs. Clearly there is no cookie cutter “truth” to this which-milk-is-healthier question.