Sunday, 14 February 2016

organic food for childrens health

A new scientific study from UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health, shows that organic food can substantially lower pesticide exposure in children from low-income families in both urban and rural areas.

spraying pesticides

But traces of pesticides are higher than in previous studies involving middle-income, suburban children, suggesting that kids from cities and farming communities may be getting exposed via their environments as well as their diets.

For the peer-reviewed study, researchers at the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health analyzed pesticides and their breakdown products in the urine of low-income Latino children: 20 from Oakland's Fruitvale district and 20 from the rural Salinas Valley.

The most contaminated with pesticides:

• Apples.
• Celery.
• Cherry tomatoes.
• Cucumbers.
• Grapes.
• Nectarines.
• Peaches.
• Potatoes.
• Snap peas.
• Spinach.
• Strawberries.
• Sweet bell peppers.

The least contaminated with pesticides:

• Asparagus.
• Avocados.
• Cabbage.
• Cantaloupe.
• Cauliflower.
• Eggplant.
• Grapefruit.
• Kiwi.
• Mangoes.
• Onions.
• Papayas.
• Pineapples.
• Sweet corn.
• Sweet peas (frozen).
• Sweet potatoes.


pete said...

#children #health and #pesticides ... #organic food benefits

pete said...

Travelling with #asthma and #allergies

According to the CDC, more than 25 million Americans have asthma and more than 50 million have allergies. Allergies and asthma are unique in that people with these diseases are dependent on the quality of the environment around them.

Before you travel, there are steps you can take to prepare for a safer, healthier trip.
Plan Before Your Trip

Prepare for your medical needs:

Refill your prescription medications and pick up over-the-counter medicines.
Create a list of your current medical conditions, medications, prescribing physician and dosage.
If you have asthma or severe allergies, consider ordering and wearing a medical identification bracelet.
Check with your allergist or doctor to discuss travel-related risks. Update your asthma action plan or allergy action plan.
Get your immunizations, especially a flu shot.
Check your health insurance policy. Know in advance if your plan will cover doctor or emergency visits in other states or countries.
If you have food allergies, be sure to have an allergy alert chef’s card to help you alert restaurant staff about your allergies.
Check the weather and pollen forecast for your destination. Use services like Accuweather and

full story:

via Food Planet 27th feb 2016

pete said...

Manage #Childrens Food #Allergies - lifelong diagnosis

What are dietary staples for most people—eggs, milk, nuts and peanut butter, for example—have taken the lives of children, with the majority of them succumbing to a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, in their teen years. In fact, non-profit organization Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) reports "teenagers and young adults" to be at "the highest risk of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis." This leaves many parents hoping their child is one of the fortunate to outgrow his or her food allergy, especially before gaining the freedom that comes with getting a driver's license or leaving the nest.

full story:

via Food Planet 27th feb 2016

pete said...

#organic farming "Not much has changed for 'unfair' Danish fund allocation" Danish farming subsidies

healthy food said...

healthy food news - Could the 'Mediterranean' Diet Help Prevent ADHD?

Research on 120 children in Spain found that those with "low adherence" to the traditional Mediterranean diet were seven times more likely to have ADHD.

In general, kids with ADHD ate fewer fruits, vegetables and fatty fish -- and more junk food and fast food, according to the study findings.

However, the findings point only to a correlation and not a cause-and-effect link between the Mediterranean diet and ADHD, said experts who were not involved in the study.

No one knows whether the diet can actually ward off the attention and behavior problems associated with ADHD.

"One possibility is that kids with ADHD make less-healthy food choices," said Richard Gallagher.

Still, the findings do seem to mesh with some past research, said Gallagher, an associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU Langone Child Study Center in New York City.

Studies have hinted that omega-3 fatty acids can help lessen ADHD symptoms. And the Mediterranean diet tends to be high in those fats, which are largely derived from oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna.

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children and education said...

#children's health - cause and effect are often intermingled. In any event, education is most of the solution. Educating children, educating parents, and above all cultivating the lifelong habit of wanting to understand more

Healthy Food for Children said...

#healthyfood Canada - Youth being 'bombarded' with unhealthy food advertising, study finds

Companies are bombarding children and teens with advertisements for energy drinks, fast food, sugary snacks and other unhealthy products, which is influencing their choices and setting them up for lifelong bad habits, a report from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada warns.

The evidence shows a new law is needed to crack down on the widespread practice of marketing unhealthy food to children, said Sasha McNicoll, Coalition for Healthy School Food co-ordinator at Food Secure Canada, which is involved in a campaign with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to limit marketing to young people.

“If we don’t need legislation, why are a third of Canadian children overweight or obese?” she said. “[Voluntary responses] don’t work. We need to legislate this in order to see results.”

Advertising Standards Canada, which administers CAI, declined to comment. The Association of Canadian Advertisers also declined to comment.

According to the report, the average child watches two hours of TV each day and sees up to five food and beverage ads an hour.

The federal government has promised to bring in legislation to stop companies from advertising unhealthy food to children.

Senator Nancy Greene Raine has tabled a bill that would restrict companies from marketing such products to children 12 and under.

The bill has passed first reading in the Senate and Greene Raine said she recently met with Health Minister Jane Philpott and Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to discuss how the issue can move forward. She said she hopes the bill passes because parents need the help.

pete said...

food corporations are encouraging obesity problems in #children for profit. Of course it needs legislation ... and legislators that aren't paid (or promised) rewards by corporations