Our Saturday green news brings you the latest on health, parenting and cool baby and kid products:
- Newly found benefits of organic milk: New study investigating benefits of organic foods and recently published in the journal PLOS One, represents the best example of describing nutritional benefits of organic food versus its conventional alternatives, specifically organic milk. This study reports that milk produced organically enhances its nutritional quality by shifting fatty acid composition; in other words, organic whole milk contains far more fatty acids contributing to a healthy heart, compared to non-organic milk.
- Good eating habits already start in the womb: Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia have recently found that babies born to mothers who eat a diverse and nutritious diet during pregnancy and are breastfed are far more open to a wide range of flavors and also likely to follow good diet after weaning into their childhood and adulthood. Researchers believe that changing bad eating habits beyond toddlerhood can be extremely difficult. According to Julie Mennella, a biopsychologist and researcher at the Monell Center: “What’s really interesting about children is, the preferences they form during the first years of life actually predict what they’ll eat later. Dietary patterns track from early to later childhood but once they are formed, once they get older, it’s really difficult to change. Where you start, is where you end up.”
- Multivitamins and supplements might be a waste of money: An editorial called Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine claims that using supplements and multivitamins to prevent chronic conditions is a waste of money. The editorial is based on three research studies analyzing the effects of multivitamins on preventing heart attacks and cancer, and improving cognitive function in men older than 65. According to Dr. Edgar Miller, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-author of the editorial: “The vitamin and supplement industry is based on anecdote, people saying ‘I take this, and it makes me feel better.’ It’s perpetuated. But when you put it to the test, there’s no evidence of benefit in the long term. It can’t prevent mortality, stroke or heart attack.”