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:


(Date:6/16/2019)... ... June 14, 2019 , ... ... customer, will deliver a joint presentation with Versiti’s CIO at the Healthcare ... the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. , Versiti Vice President and Chief Information Officer, ...
(Date:6/11/2019)... ... June 10, 2019 , ... Improved Pharma LLC announces ... 2019 issue of AAPS PharmSciTech. The article was published online on April 29th, 2019. ... Pharma, along with Xiaoming Sean Chen of Purdue University. , The article is the ...
(Date:6/4/2019)... ... June 04, 2019 , ... ... appointment of Susan Murphy as the new President of Molecular Devices, replacing Greg ... Devices’ parent company, Danaher Corporation. , Since joining Molecular Devices in a scientific ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/31/2019)... ... May 30, 2019 , ... ... on Data Integrity on July 08-09, 2019 in Boston, MA. This peer recommended ... medical device organizations. , The training will kick off with a compendial treatment ...
(Date:5/15/2019)... , ... May 15, 2019 , ... Milton Hershey School® ... recognition for his work within the biomedical industry, where he is changing lives by ... devices. , “William Harding epitomizes the vision of our founders – Milton and ...
(Date:5/7/2019)... ... May 06, 2019 , ... "The new ... number of repositories being asked to store cellular products being used in ... contributors who are world leaders, who have shared their expertise in building and ...
(Date:5/2/2019)... ... May 02, 2019 , ... Stay on top of ... device and food industries. Access to all webinars is free, so be sure to ... your field! , Visit http://www.xtalks.com to see our upcoming webinars: , CLINICAL ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: