Thursday, 25 May 2017

Children over one do not need formula milk


While parents may rely on health claims to choose a formula milk brand for their children, experts say such claims meant for children above one are a “marketing ploy” because the same nutrients can be found in everyday food.

Referring to nutrients like docosahexaenoic acid (DHA or omega 3), taurine and choline which are prominently promoted on milk tins, paediatric dietitian Meave Graham said: “These nutrients are found in breast milk and in normal balanced diets. Children do not need special supplements of these nutrients.”

In fact, giving formula milk can worsen picky eating habits and contains no nutritional benefit over a balanced diet she said, stressing that formula milk is not recommended for children above 12 months.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/children-over-one-do-not-need-formula-milk-experts-say-8877580

Scientists claim women with bigger behinds will have smarter children

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh are claiming that women with fat thighs and buttocks will have smarter babies.

According to the researchers, extra fat around the thighs and buttocks contribute to a baby's brain development during breast feeding, reported Mail Online.

According to the professor, who has published his findings in a book Why Women Need Fat, this fat is lost when women breastfeed.

Women who breastfeed usually lose half a kg of fat a month.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/scientists-claim-women-bigger-behinds-will-have-smarter-children


My 2 cents:
Traditional Indians believed women with big buttocks means they could bear children. That was why in olden times, Indian women would use saree to wrap their buttocks until they were quite big. This was told to me by my English language Indian teacher when I was in secondary school.

Men who have good levels of vitamin D in their bachelor years will have healthy and strong kids

Exposing to sunlight is one way of making vitamin D

Men with good levels of vitamin D in their bachelor years are more likely to have healthy children when they start a family.

That is according to a new study by University College Dublin, which found a direct link between a child's height and weight at five years old, and their father's pre-conception vitamin levels.

While previous studies have shown maternal vitamin D intake before pregnancy affects a baby's health, this is one of the first to study the same in men.  

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4523312/Men-good-vitamin-D-levels-healthy-kids.html

Daylight improves workers' sleep


Workers exposed to sunlight or bright indoor lights during the morning hours sleep better at night and tend to feel less depressed and less stressed than those who do not get much morning light, showed a recent study.

Exposure to more light during the day and less light at night is critical for healthy sleep patterns because it helps to calibrate the body's internal circadian clock, the study team wrote in the journal Sleep Health.

The results suggest that in office environments, being exposed either to daylight or electric lights that are rich in short wave "blue" light may be important for the health of workers, said lead author Mariana Figueiro, programme director at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/daylight-improves-workers-sleep

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