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Tip #44: Read Only if You’re Breastfeeding.

Waiting longer to start infants on solid food could make for slimmer adults, new research shows.  Researchers looked at a sample of more than 5,000 men and women born between 1959 and 1961. At that time, parents were instructed to start giving their infant solid foods between four to six months of age, but many started sooner.

Half of the study participants were breastfed for at least two and a half months, while half started eating solid food at three and a half months of age or later. Seventeen percent of the babies started spoon feeding before two months of age, while 46 percent didn’t start until they were four months old or later.  Babies who were breastfed for longer had lower body mass indexes. The risk of obesity at the age of 42 was reduced by 5 percent to 10 percent for each month the introduction of solid foods was delayed.

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  1. March 25, 2010 at 04:52

    In the UK the Department of Health asked baby food manufacturer’s to limit sugar in baby foods to 10% of calories but that request has been ignored and between 20~40% sugar is typical in cereal-based baby foods, similarly the typical rusk for babies contains as much, if not more sugar, than the most popular biscuits for adults.
    Get them addicted to sugar/HFCS as early as possible and you have them hooked for life.

  2. March 25, 2010 at 09:24

    Ted, it always comes down to money. I read a study a while back, where rats addicted to cocaine, when exposed to sugar, actually ditched the cocaine in favor of sugar.

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