Shaping Baby's Taste Preferences

The HealthGal Health Guide July 19, 2012
  • When I was raising my kids, I made a conscious decision about the foods they were routinely fed.  I did not bring fast food or junk food or soda for that matter into their food repertoire, at least on the home front.  If we went to someone’s home or a restaurant, or to a special event...

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  • My Bariatric Life
    Health Guide
    Jul. 20, 2012

    Very interesting... I have often wondered where the potential to shape a child's food preferences lie. I am surprised to learn in utero and the first three mos of life are that small window of opportunity. In fact, I had never considered the possibility of shaping a child's healthy eating habits begins in utero.

     

    Your article prompted me to look up the...

    RHMLucky777

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    Very interesting... I have often wondered where the potential to shape a child's food preferences lie. I am surprised to learn in utero and the first three mos of life are that small window of opportunity. In fact, I had never considered the possibility of shaping a child's healthy eating habits begins in utero.

     

    Your article prompted me to look up the nutrition facts label for Similac formula, which according to the manufacturer is the #1 formula used in hospitals. I was surprised by a number of things. First, the nutrition facts are not available on the product web site, which is where I had expected to find them. Next, the nutrition label, which you can read here: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/baby-foods/452/2 has the percentage of daily value based on a 2000 calorie per day diet. As no baby eats 2000 cals/day, I find this misleading because I had to read the "fine print" to understand that the daily values were not adjusted to age appropriate levels, which is what I had expected. Lastly, I found that Similac is high in Saturated Fat and a large portion of the calories come from sugars, according to Self Nutrition Data analysis, who incidentally make the positioning statement "you are what you eat."

     

    Hmmmm... so if we are feeding babies a formula that is high in sugar and saturated fat at a time when their taste preferences are being developed, then the almost certain outcome of that is obesity and other diet-related illnesses.

     

     

    • The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      Jul. 20, 2012

      Thanks for those in depth comments.

      If you go to the following pdf link, and look at page 7, you will see the comparisons of breast milk to some formulas, including Similac.  The charts helps address some of your questions and comments.  The saturated fat in the formulas is sourced from "palm olein, soy, coconut and sunflower or saflower - so it is...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thanks for those in depth comments.

      If you go to the following pdf link, and look at page 7, you will see the comparisons of breast milk to some formulas, including Similac.  The charts helps address some of your questions and comments.  The saturated fat in the formulas is sourced from "palm olein, soy, coconut and sunflower or saflower - so it is not animal fat-based saturated fat.  The chart also shows that lactose is the source of sugar and it appears to be similar across all the comparisons.  Human breast milk does have a lower fat content.

      I think the big take-away message is how brilliantly balanced and naturally sweet breat milk is.  I do not take the responsibility of breastfeeding lightly, especially with all the responsibilities women face.  I did pump and directly breastfeed and frankly loved the minimal number of bottles I dealt with, the on-demand availability of breastfeeding no matter where I was and there is a special feeling when you are nursing your child.

      That being said - we all can and should be eating healthfully before a planned pregnancy and certainly during pregnancy - there are limited obstacles to that decision - and it is a "conscious decision."  This study information should inspire that commitment.

    • My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      Jul. 22, 2012

      Ah ah, thank you for clarifying about the formula's fat content. I guess then that I find the website misleading because I was left with the impression that the formula was high in saturated fat and that this was not a good thing. Perhaps it is my bad but I think others will be confused if they do nto look a little deeper. It sure helps to have a nutrition...

      RHMLucky777

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      Ah ah, thank you for clarifying about the formula's fat content. I guess then that I find the website misleading because I was left with the impression that the formula was high in saturated fat and that this was not a good thing. Perhaps it is my bad but I think others will be confused if they do nto look a little deeper. It sure helps to have a nutrition expert to assist!