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Cheerios Protein: Hardly Any Extra Protein, but SEVENTEEN TIMES More Sugar Than the Original

Cheerios Protein is being marketed as a high-protein breakfast for kids (complete with thrilling TV ads with NASCAR racers). The reality is quite something else. It only contains “a smidgen more protein” than the original. But it has 17 times the amount of sugar!

This just landed General Mills a well-deserved class action law suit for false marketing:

CSPI: “Cheerios Protein” Has Negligibly More Protein, but Far More Sugar, than Original Cheerios

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The Sugar Ghost: An Ingredient That Haunts Our Food and Threatens Our Children

Well worth reading from Gunhild A. Stordalen:

This Saturday, children from Norway to New Jersey travelled from house to house in scary costumes for Halloween. Asking for “trick or treat,” kids everywhere frightened their parents — not just with their outfits, but with the mountains of chocolates and sweets they returned home to eat.

Every parent will have worried that their child ate too much sugar last week. But what’s really scary is not the quantity of candy a child consumes during this annual event. The real “threat” is all the sugar that has sneaked into the child’s normal diet the remaining 364 days throughout the year. Halloween may be an annual event, but sugar consumption by our children is perennial.

If you weren’t scared by trick-or-treaters on Saturday, try this; the explosive growth in child obesity is one of the greatest threats to public health in this century. Continue Reading →

Huffington Post: The Sugar Ghost: An Ingredient That Haunts Our Food and Threatens Our Children

I especially enjoyed the end of the article, listing signs of real progress being made. Like IKEA recently deciding to cut sugar from their drink towers in half, and replace sodas with fruit water. And the effective Mexican soda tax, something that many other countries have already introduced or are contemplating.

Big Sugar is about to lose this fight. And the biggest winners are our children.

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“Kids Need Less Sugar and More Fat”

Kid eating an egg

Kids should eat more fat and less sugar, says the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl). They’ve just posted new guidelines for healthy eating for children:

News Hour: Kids need less sugar and more fat

Lead author of the Food4Kids guidelines, Robert Verkerk, said he and the ANH-Intl believe the government low-fat guidelines are out of step with recent nutritional science. And of course he’s completely right.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady Calls Coca-Cola ‘Poison for Kids’

Good to see a sports star who is not paid to speak well of junk food: Patriots QB Tom Brady is fired up about nutrition in America, calls Coca-Cola ‘poison for kids’


4-Year-Old’s Party with Animal Cakes – and Not Much Sugar


How do you throw a kid’s birthday party without overdosing on sugar for all participants? It gets a little more difficult as the children get older, but now we’ve pulled off a 4-year-old’s party with sugar mainly only from fruit (and some chocolate).

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Why There is So Much Sugar in Your Kid’s School Breakfast


School breakfasts can easily blow past double the amount of sugar recommended for kids in an entire day. One of the many reasons? Flavoured yoghurt has, according to author Michael Pollan, become our food supply’s “latest sugar delivery system.”

Civil Eats: Why There is So Much Sugar in Your Kid’s School Breakfast

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Heinz Recommends Sugary Cookies to Babies for Normal Brain Development


Is it “healthy” for 7-month-old infants to eat cookies? Heinz apparently thinks so. They advertised biscotti with 24 to 28 grams of sugar per 100 grams as “an ideal healthy snack for babies 7+ months old”.

After complaints from an advertising watchdog the company recently stopped the advertising, and promised to stop claiming that the cookies were “healthy” for babies.

In the article the advertising watchdog warns that Heinz only pulled their “healthy” claim and are continuing to sell the cookies using other words to imply that it’s healthy to feed cookies to babies between meals.

So what’s Heinz claiming now?

They now say their cookies are “Made with baby grade ingredients and iron which helps normal cognitive development”.

So yeah. Cookies are great for brain development, according to Heinz. Everybody knows that eating cookies makes babies smarter!

Of course babies can also get iron from other things than Heinz cookies. Food, for example.


Companies Promise Fewer Candy Ads to Kids, the Opposite Happens


Despite many years of pledges from companies to self-regulate, kids are seeing MORE ads for candy, not less.

TIME: Kids See More Candy Ads on TV Now Than in the Past

Why doesn’t “self-regulation” work? Simple. It’s not in the food companies’ interest to sell less. Thus they will keep breaking their promises. Believing promises about self-regulation is simply naive.

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Paleo Baby

Paleo baby

Here’s my 8 month-old daughter Alva, gnawing on a bone. Why am I showing you this? Let me tell you.

Today the Paleo f(x) conference starts in Austin, Texas and we’re there to check it out. I’m a big fan of Paleo diets and evolutionary thinking in general. Even more so when it comes to healthy lifestyles, where having an evolutionary template is critical for making sense of all the conflicting messages.

For a growing child, an evolutionarily appropriate environment is probably more important than ever.

My daughter Alva is not starting her life eating pre-packaged powder-based fake food. She’s eating real food, using all of her four teeth. She’s not even fond of pureed food anymore. She likes boiled vegetables with melted butter. Scrambled eggs. And tiny pieces of meat. Basically she’s starting to eat the same things as the rest of the family.

Both Alva and her 3.5-year-old big sister Klara are insanely healthy and happy kids. Perhaps we are just lucky. But then again, perhaps it’s not just luck. Continue Reading →


Evening Snacks For Kids at Diet Doctor’s


Are there any good alternatives to evening snacks – without a lot of sugar and junk food – that are appreciated by young kids?

If you ask Klara, 3 years old, this it the perfect alternative (water to go with it). This is what she wants from the grocery store. Perhaps because she never got used to anything sweeter.

What do you serve as an evening snack?