Sunday, August 4, 2013

Infant formula increases risk of obesity and diabetes

In a nutshell, the researchers showed that the monkey subjects who were fed infant formula were larger and had a very different gut microbiota from their breastfed counterparts. The researchers concluded by saying that "the choice of infant feeding had longterm health consequences." I've said it before, despite studies like this that keep on coming, the breastfeeding rates keep declining and the use of infant formula grows and grows.

And I don’t expect this to change anytime soon. As long as women’s personal, professional and social expectations are mismatched with reality, women will read these studies and look the other way. Instead, they'll choose to leave their baby with a grandparent or other carer, return to the work that they perceive as their “real” job and enjoy a life that is independent of the needs of a breastfeeding infant. But the blame lies everywhere, life partners, extended family and friends, employers and society all play a big part in this very vexed issue.

Chance of a big shift in attitude? About as likely as the global dairy herds being struck down by a milk-contaminating affliction or scandal? But then again ... there's the latest scare about Fonterra-supplied milk powder being contaminated with the bacteria that can cause botulism ...

But while we’re contemplating what such a shift might mean, a corollary study looks at improving the health of the gut microbiome to reduce the inflammation of diabetes .
A combination of probiotics and prebiotics may reduce levels of markers of inflammation and oxidative stress, suggest findings of a new study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition.

Easiest and most effective way to improve the gut health of the whole family? Click here for more information

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