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Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding

Vitamins or vegetables? Formula or breast milk? What’s safe and what’s not? These posts tackle food and nutrition topics for kids of all ages.

The 3 Most Common Arguments Against the WHO’S Findings on Bacon and Cancer…and Why They’re Wrong

By November 3, 2015 No Comments
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  Last week, when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that processed meat should be classified as a carcinogen, the internet went crazy. From passionate vegans to bacon lovers to WHO conspiracy theorists, almost everyone had a strong reaction to this (heart) breaking news. However, the three most common […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Science 101 + Mythbusting


Kids and Energy Drinks – 3 Things Every Parent Should Know

By October 7, 2015 6 Comments
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  Headlines like “Energy Drink Consumption on the Rise in Kids, Teens,” appear frequently in the news, a somewhat alarmist reaction to data released last year which measured caffeine consumption in minors over a ten year period. That study in question, published in Pediatrics in February 2014, showed how children’s caffeine habits changed from 1999 to […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Tweens + Teens


More On Milk: Cows, Goats, and Plants, oh my!

By August 5, 2015 No Comments
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The days when cow’s milk dominated the dairy aisle in the grocery store are long gone.  Now you can expect to see a wide variety of milk-by-name-only beverages crowding the shelves. In a previous article for The Scientific Parent, I addressed the nutritional differences between organic and regular milk. Today, setting aside the fact some people are […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding


What’s the Difference Between Organic and Conventional Milk

By July 21, 2015 3 Comments
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This post was written in response to a question from TheScientificParent.org reader, Andrea. It’s tough being a parent these days. Sometimes I think it was easier for our parents and grandparents before the internet when they didn’t have so many mixed messages thrown at them. Today we are bombarded with all sorts of messages about […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Science 101 + Mythbusting


How Did E. coli Wind Up in Bottled Water? Spoiler Alert: Poop

By July 14, 2015 No Comments
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Just as summer started in late June, officials from Niagara, LLC initiated a large recall of their bottled water due to evidence of E. coli at the company’s spring water source. This was cause for concern for many people, including parents, as summer is when bottled water is a regular go-to and most in demand, and […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Infectious Disease + Vaccines


What Are We Telling Mothers When We Say “Breast is Best”?

By June 3, 2015 20 Comments
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When my baby boy arrived, he weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces. He entered the world 8 weeks early and spent 29 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). When your baby is in the NICU, there is enormous pressure to breastfeed. The nurses rolled a hospital grade pump to my bed side just hours […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health


PART 2: Can Bananas Make You Bleed to Death? Will BHT in Kids Cereal Cause Cancer? What is Chemophobia?

By May 19, 2015 2 Comments
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In Part 1 of this two-part series, I addressed The Food Babe’s allegation that said if your food contains an ingredient your third grader can’t pronounce you shouldn’t eat it – and my stance on that is, then no one would ever eat an organic banana, which contains naturally-occurring phylloquine, tocopherol and palmitoleic acid, which […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Science 101 + Mythbusting


PART 1: Can Bananas Make You Bleed to Death? Will BHT in Kids Cereal Cause Cancer? What is Chemophobia?

By May 18, 2015 4 Comments
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The Food Babe once said that if your food contains an ingredient your third grader can’t pronounce you shouldn’t eat it.  I say that in that case no one would ever eat an organic banana, which contains the naturally occurring, yet difficult to pronounce phylloquine, tocopherol and palmitoleic acid.  These chemicals are tongue twisters for […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Science 101 + Mythbusting