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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?


Diet_Doctor on Instagram

Diet Doctor Instagram

It was only a matter of time as I really enjoy taking pictures (of food): Diet_Doctor is now available on Instagram as well. Notice the “_” sign between the two words, the other name was taken.

Feel free to follow for updates and inspiration about great LCHF food – including for small children. You can also already check out the hottest LCHF breakfast in Sweden.


Feeding Infants Gluten INCREASES the Risk of Gluten Intolerance

Future glutenintolerants?

On the road to gluten intolerance?

Do you have an infant and wonder about the official speculative and controversial advice to give gluten (wheat-based food) to infants early, under “protection of nursing”? Forget this piece of advice.

I’m sure it’s well-meaning advice (whether or not it has been influenced by formula-manufacturers) but new science shows with certainty that this is wrong. This past fall I wrote about two new high-quality studies that show that early gluten introduction on the contrary INCREASES the risk for early gluten intolerance.

The other day, yet another study came out that blew another hole in the official dietary guidelines. However, this is just a statistical observational study. Children in various countries don’t develop less gluten intolerance if they are introduced to gluten earlier.

On the contrary, Swedish children, who on average are given gluten earlier than children in other countries, are significantly MORE gluten intolerant compared to American children, who are given gluten later than all other. This new statistics further supports last fall’s high-quality studies.

Do you want to avoid that your child becomes gluten intolerant, or at least postpone potential future intolerance? The best science we have then points in this direction: The later you have gluten and the less you have, the better it is.

Time for an Update?

So when will the agencies that issue dietary guidelines update themselves and stop giving advice on early gluten-introduction? Who knows. Judging from their record on the issue of natural saturated fat they can be at least a decade behind the science.

Perhaps todays infants will see updated official advice when they have their own children? Continue Reading →