HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Infants, Toddlers Should Not Restrict Fat Intake, Experts Say

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Butter can be more nutritious than low-fat yogurt. An egg is more nutritious than broccoli.

At least that's true for many infants and toddlers, and even children as old as 5 years, all of whom may need more fat in their diets than adults, two nutritionists say.

Bruce Watkins, professor of lipid chemistry and metabolism at Purdue University, and Bernhard Hennig, professor of cell nutrition at the University of Kentucky, say that children under age 5 -- especially infants -- are getting too little fat in their diets. They are suggesting new dietary recommendations for children as old as age 5 and changes in the makeup of infant formulas.

"The scientific community is focused in one direction, and that is reducing dietary fat in all individuals," Watkins says. "But trying to adapt fat recommendations from adults to infants and toddlers is not the best way."

Hennig agrees. "There's little information that restricting fat before 2 years of age could be beneficial, but there's plenty of evidence that this could be dangerous," he says. "One of the main reasons is that it may retard growth and development."

According to the researchers, restricted fat intake in children reduces growth and visual acuity and limits mental development. "For example, omega-3 fatty acids -- which come from fish and certain plant oils -- are crucial for brain development and for development of the retina," Watkins says.

The researchers conducted a scientific review of available information and concluded that dietary fat recommendations for adults have been inappropriately applied to children, who have a different physiology and different growth needs than adults. Their paper is published as a chapter in a new book, "Lipids in Infant Nutrition," which has just been released by the American Oil Chemists' Society.

Health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, and the National Heart,
'"/>

Contact: Steve Tally
tally@aes.purdue.edu
765-494-9807
Purdue University
29-Jan-1998


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Should Roundup Ready soybeans be managed differently than conventional soybeans?
2. Should publicly funded research be free and available to the public?
3. Fine Toothed Combs, Not Chemicals, Should Be Used To Treat Head Lice
4. Iron Supplemented Formula Milk Should Be Free For Inner City Children Into Their Second Year Of Life
5. Should Great Apes Be Given Legal Rights?
6. Penn Researchers Prove "Short-Cut" Function Of Myelin Sheath Channel: BetterUnderstanding Of Myelin Should Lead To Therapies For Neuropathies
7. Adults Need To Increase Intake Of Folate; Some Women Should Take More
8. EPA Should Redirect Some Research on Toxic Airborne Particles
9. Drivers Should Pay More Of Environmental Costs, Report Says
10. Lactose-Intolerant People Should Drink More Milk, Expert Says
11. Bee Sting Treatment Should Emphasize Speed, Not Method Of Removal

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Infants Toddlers Should Not Restrict Fat Intake Experts Say

(Date:5/21/2015)... The Sync Project™ , a global collaboration harnessing ... a collaborative partnership with Berklee,s Institute for Creative ... on original research, joint course development and an internship ... Sync Project and BerkleeICE are exploring the launch of ... academic year.  The course will focus ...
(Date:5/19/2015)... 2015  Technology is rapidly advancing, outpacing enterprises, ability ... cloud. Passwords and their management are soon to be ... specifications such as those developed by the FIDO Alliance™. ... presents for BYOD, COPE, IoT, and mobile payments, the ... In response to the call for ...
(Date:5/14/2015)... YORK , May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... in identity verification and online remote proctoring, ... a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company and creator of ... customers of the two companies will benefit ... in Canvas. As a fully ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):The Sync Project Announces Partnership with Berklee College of Music's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship 2The Sync Project Announces Partnership with Berklee College of Music's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship 3HYPR Corp. Biometric Security Integration Kit Shields Applications and Devices Across the Internet of Things 2HYPR Corp. Biometric Security Integration Kit Shields Applications and Devices Across the Internet of Things 3Verificient and Instructure Announce Alliance Partnership to Provide Online Proctoring for K-12 and Higher Education Institutions 2
(Date:5/27/2015)... , May 26, 2015 ... announced the addition of Jain PharmaBiotech,s new ... and Companies" to their offering. ... molecular diagnostics technologies that will play an ... health, pharmaceutical industry, forensics and biological warfare ...
(Date:5/27/2015)... Brain Canada and the Ontario Brain Institute ... and multi-provincial research teams across Canada to address unmet ... initiative. To this amount, $1.5M is added from the ... announcement was made today at the annual meeting of ... Inez Jabalpurwala, President and CEO of Brain Canada ...
(Date:5/27/2015)... , May 27, 2015  CytomX, a biotechnology ... cancer, today announced the appointments of Bob ... Cynthia Ladd as senior vice president and ... chief financial officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen ... consultant and legal counsel to several leading biotech ...
(Date:5/27/2015)... YORK , May 27, 2015  US-Australian drug discovery ... ), announced today that it will present at the Brain ... York on May 29, 2015. The venue is ... Manhattan . The Brain Tumor ... companies, the pharmaceutical industry and the investment community to promote ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Molecular Diagnostics Market 2015-2024 - Analysis of Key Technologies, Markets and Companies 2Global Molecular Diagnostics Market 2015-2024 - Analysis of Key Technologies, Markets and Companies 3Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences 2Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences 3Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences 4Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences 5Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences 6Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences 7Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences 8Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences 9Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences 10CytomX Expands Executive Leadership Team 2CytomX Expands Executive Leadership Team 3Novogen to Present at Brain Tumor Biotech Summit 2015 2Novogen to Present at Brain Tumor Biotech Summit 2015 3Novogen to Present at Brain Tumor Biotech Summit 2015 4Novogen to Present at Brain Tumor Biotech Summit 2015 5
Cached News: