Based on a Harvard Study
Keep food safe to eat by following these general guidelines to avoid food borne illness.
|CLEAN:||Wash hands and surfaces often.|
|SEPARATE:||Don’t cross-contaminate. For example, after cutting meat, wash the knife before using it to cut vegetables.|
|COOK:||Cook to proper temperature using a food thermometer.|
· Pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant should not drink Alcohol. Alcohol can cross the placenta into the baby’s bloodstream. It causes damage to an unborn baby at all stages of pregnancy. Risks involves
• the way your baby develops in the womb – in particular, the way your baby’s brain develops
• the way your baby grows in the womb, by causing the placenta not to work as well as it should – this is known as foetal growth restriction
• increased risk of a stillbirth
• increased risk of premature labor
• your baby being more prone to illness in infancy, childhood and as an adult
• learning and behavioral disorders
SMOKING AND DRUGS
· These are potentially just as dangerous as Alcohol, if not more. SO avoid.
· You should limit caffeine during pregnancy – avoid having more than 200mg of caffeine a day. High levels of caffeine can cause babies to have a low birth weight. Too much caffeine can also cause a miscarriage. Caffeine is found naturally in some foods and is added to some soft drinks. So avoid Sodas.
HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS
· Virtually no medicinal herb has been established as safe in pregnancy or breast-feeding, and even herbs that might seem safe because of their wide use in cooking could cause problems when they are taken in the form of highly concentrated extracts.
· Some herbs are definitely known to be toxic in pregnancy, such as blue cohosh and pennyroyal .
· Other herbs that are traditionally regarded with caution during pregnancy include andrographis , boldo , catnip , essential oils , feverfew , juniper , licorice , nettle , red clover , rosemary , shepherd’s purse, and yarrow , along with many others.
· the herb chasteberry has shown a theoretical potential for inhibiting milk supply.
· Some supplements like conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) appears to reduce the fat content of breast milk, with potentially harmful effects on the nursing infant.
· herbs with estrogen-like properties make scientists worry about possible effects on the fetus; these include soy , isoflavones , red clover , flaxseed , lignans , and hops .
· Some un-regulated Chinese herbal medicines and Aryurvedic herbal remedies have been found on occasion to contain toxic heavy metals, poisonous herbs, or unlabelled prescription drugs.
· Wash your hands with soap and water after touching soil, sand, raw meat, or unwashed vegetables.
· Cats can spread parasite causing Toxoplasmosis. Have someone else change the litter box if possible. If you have to change it, wear disposable gloves and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterwards.
· Wear gloves when gardening or handling sand from a sandbox. Cats may use gardens or sandboxes as litter boxes. Wash hands afterward.
· Avoid drinking untreated water, particularly when traveling in less developed countries.
Sources: EBSCO, NHS, Choosemyplate.org
The Obesity Epidemic Started When The Low-Fat Guidelines Were Published
National Center for Health Statistics (US). Health, United States, 2008: With Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults. 2009 Mar. Chartbook.
New research finds that what your baby eats during his first year of life can have a tremendous impact on his health all the way through first grade.
According to a series of new studies published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it appears the benefits of breast-feeding last until at least age 6.
Babies who were breast-fed exclusively for at least six months were less likely to suffer from ear, throat and sinus infections at 6 years old.
Breast-feeding also appeared to offer protection against food allergies.
Experts say exposure to the taste of vegetables through breast milk might alter babies’ natural preference for sweet and salty foods, making them more likely to eat their veggies later on.
Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new map detailing adult obesity rates across the country. In 1995, when the CDC first collected this data in all states, not a single one had an obesity rate higher than 19%. In 2013, the CDC announced, every single state in the country had an obesity rate of at least 20%.
Obesity prevalence in 2013 varies across states and regions
· No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
· 7 states and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity between 20% and <25%.
· 23 states had a prevalence of obesity between 25% and <30%.
· 18 states had a prevalence of obesity between 30% and <35%.
· 2 states (Mississippi and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity of 35% or greater.
· The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (30.2%), followed by the Midwest (30.1%), the Northeast (26.5%), and the West (24.9%).
Rates of obesity were highest in Mississippi (35.1%) and West Virginia (35.1%) and lowest in Hawaii (21.8%) and Colorado (21.3%).
Here is the new map showing that grim picture:
Childhood Obesity Facts:
In children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years, obesity was defined as a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile of the sex-specific CDC BMI-for-age growth charts.
· Approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years had obesity.
· The prevalence of obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years decreased significantly from 13.9% in 2003-2004 to 8.4% in 2011-2012.
· There are significant racial and age disparities in obesity prevalence among children and adolescents. In 2011-2012, obesity prevalence was higher among Hispanics (22.4%) and non-Hispanic black youth (20.2%) than non-Hispanic white youth (14.1%). The prevalence of obesity was lower in non-Hispanic Asian youth (8.6%) than in youth who were non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black or Hispanic.
· In 2011-2012, 8.4% of 2- to 5-year-olds had obesity compared with 17.7% of 6- to 11-year-olds and 20.5% of 12- to 19-year-olds.
· Overall, obesity prevalence among children whose adult head of household completed college was approximately half that of those whose adult head of household did not complete high school (9% vs 19% among girls; 11% vs 21% among boys) in 1999–2010.
· Among non-Hispanic white children, the lowest prevalence of obesity was observed among those whose adult head of household completed college; however, this was not the case for non-Hispanic black children.
· Over time, the prevalence of obesity among girls whose adult head of household had not finished high school increased from 17% (1999–2002) to 23% (2007–2010), but decreased for girls whose adult head of household completed college from 11% (1999–2002) to 7% (2007–2010). There was not a similar finding among boys.
· Obesity prevalence was the highest among children in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of 100% or less (household income that is at or below the poverty threshold), followed by those in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of 101%–130%, and then found to be lower in children in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of 131% or larger (greater household income).
· Obesity prevalence on the basis of family income among children from low-income households was:
o 14.2% among children in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of less than or equal to 50%.
o 14.5% among children in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of 51–100%.
o 13.4% among children in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of 101–130%.
o 12.4% among children in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of 131–150%.
o 11.8% among children in families with an income-to-poverty ratio of 151-185%.
Don’t brush aside Obesity. Talk to your child’s doctor about it.
Source: CDC & Business Insider