Low calorie formula!?


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Such hideously bad news!

In a nutshell, formula companies are reducing the calorific content of formula in a response to the growing obesity problem despite the fact that existing studies show that reducing caloric density does not result in fewer calories consumed. Premature infants are likely to take greater volumes when drinking less calorically dense formulas. A babies body needs what it needs and lower calorie formulas are very unlikely to mean less overall obesity.

The current low fat diets as recommended for adults have actually resulted in a greater level of obesity overall.

Breast milk is perfect by design and it is crucial that newborns get the levels of saturated fats and cholesterol that are required by their growing brains. Some types of fatty acids found in breast milk – long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids – play important roles in brain development. The most well-known is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) . DHA helps babies brain manufacture myelin, the sheath that insulates  nerve fibers, DHA is crucial for the development of  good vision. ………without getting too technical, calories and fat are very essential to a growing brain.

Nonetheless, this lower calorie formula has the go ahead and will hit the supermarket shelves soon.

Full article here:

http://m.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/05/lower-calorie-infant-formulas-wont-solve-child-obesity/370810/

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About Tabitha Farrar

I work as Head of Marketing for a software startup in Boulder. As a recovered Anorexia sufferer, I advocate for proper understanding of eating disorders in my spare time. On that note, I wrote a book about my own journey into eating again called Love Fat.

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