Saturday, March 13, 2010

Don't Let Gluten Clog Your Kid's "Pipes"...

It's true, at one time or another, "all Mother Nature's creatures get constipated".  This phenomenon is especially common in babies, toddlers and young children - and gluten exposure may have something to do with it.  Some new research, (original article abstract) suggests that exposing infants to gluten during the first year of life, results in more "tummy troubles" later.  Additionally, past work has shown that early gluten exposure increases the chance of developing celiac disease later in life. 

Are wheat cereals, Cheerios, and, bread really necessary in a child's diet?  The answer is NO!  Infants and children do not NEED gluten.  What they do need are energy containing macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals to help them grow, be strong and healthy.  For infants breast milk is best.  Slowly introduce solid foods - there is no need to rush the process.  Focus on natural, sugar free, pureed fruits, vegetables and meats.  If you decide to take the cereal route stick with a rice based, gluten free product.  Start good nutrition habits early and you will never have to worry about your child being... "full of $h!t"!!



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