Link Time!

Tiffany Yang

I spend a fair amount of time reading various blogs and links relating to nutrition, environmental toxicants, and health. I always find a few that I think are really interesting so I’ll be posting some of my “favorites” periodically with a short summary. The links will you to the original article that I read. I hope you enjoy these!

It turns out that educating new mothers about breastfeeding, introduction of complementary foods as well as general nutrition knowledge (avoiding energy-dense foods, or sugar-laden drinks, etc.) can actually positively impact the health of their children.

You know how little kids don’t like or don’t want to try vegetables and fruits? Well, we learned that it’s because it takes quite a few exposures to new foods before the kids (and many adults) get over their phobia of new foods. It probably doesn’t help that there’s speculation that many kids are “supertasters”–those who are more sensitive to the tastes in foods, especially bitterness. This article shows you one mother’s advice, attempts, and success (!) at introducing her kids to vegetables.

I thought this was pretty cool. Apparently that there’s a contraceptive gel in trials right now that doesn’t have some of the side effects commonly seen with oral contraceptives, such as weight gain. All you need to do is rub it in on your arms, legs, abdomen or shoulders and let it do it’s magic (Nestorone, a new type of the hormone progesterone, and estrogen). The researchers say that it can even be used during breastfeeding. I do have to wonder, since you’re using your hands to rub the gel in, if there is any chance that you could accidentally transfer the hormones to someone else when you touch them, much like this article talks about.

This is really something. Looks like men may be contributing to the health of their children (in this case, females). In one animal study overweight males fathered females who had issues with insulin and glucose regulation. This is really interesting because women/mothers always seem to be targeted for interventions to limit exposures to toxicants/pollution/things of that nature and to lose weight/eat better for the sake of their unborn children. So…now we have some (very limited and not wholly translatable) evidence that the father’s health may also matter.

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