Singing, fat and gut bacteria – all good for kids!

Researchers at the Canadian University of Montreal report in the official journal of the International Society on Infant Studies that babies aged between 6 and 9 months remain calmer for more than twice as long when being sung to than when being spoken to. And it doesn’t matter which language you use! So dig out those nursery rhymes and get singing!

A lead author of the ANH-International’s Food4Kids guidelines Dr Robert Verkerk ” Children are victims of a now discredited, 30-year-old policy, based on no proper scientific evaluation, to banish even health fats from the diets of children and adults alike. Sugar has filled the gap and kids are paying a heavy price for it”.

We know from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (2008-12) that children in the UK have deficient intake in nutrients from herbs, spices, Vitamin D and various minerals. Approximately 55% of children’s energy should be derived from health fats, 35% from carbohydrates and remaining 10% from protein sources.  Sugars may be addictive as well as harmful so sugary drinks and snacks need to be eliminated to avoid obesity and diabetes (and tooth decay).

Meanwhile, down in the gut…..the hygiene hypothesis grows.

Our obsession with cleanliness and sterile surroundings is causing the increase in allergic and autoimmune diseases.  The subject of previous posts.

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