Tag: food

Elimination Diet for Allergic Esophagitis

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) involves an inflammatory response in the esophagus that causes stiffening or swelling and leads to difficulty swallowing or food getting stuck. High amounts of white blood cells called eosinophils are found in the esophagus tissue in people with this condition. In most cases, people with EoE have other allergic conditions such as asthma, rhinitis, eczema, or food…

Immature Microbes in the Guts of Malnourished Children

Malnutrition (severe or moderate acute malnutrition) affects 23 percent of children in developing countries.1 The World Health Organization estimates that malnutrition is the cause of one-third of all child deaths.2 Malnutrition, or inadequate nutrition, manifests most noticeably as delayed growth, but also includes deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and protein. A recently developed intervention for severe acute malnutrition,…

Heard the One about the Sausage Made from Baby Poop?

No, it isn’t the latest joke, though chances are you have heard the story in the news. But let me just clear something up: there is no actual poop in a new type of “gourmet” sausage developed recently by scientists in Spain—just a beneficial strain of bacteria commonly found in (you guessed it!) baby poop. For those of us with…

Breast Milk Discovered to Contain Probiotic Bacteria

Breast milk is considered nature’s perfect food. Breast milk contains everything an infant needs to grow and develop, including nutrients, immune factors, and prebiotic fibers known as oligosaccharides. It was once thought that the prebiotics found in breast milk were responsible for helping to establish beneficial bacteria in the digestive tracts of growing infants, but a new study is adding…

Another Organic Foods Study—With Children in Mind

I recently blogged about a review of studies on organic foods put out by Stanford University that spurred misleading headlines which surely sent a few shoppers back to the conventional produce aisle. Well, another report has been published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in the journal Pediatrics, and their findings were similar, but aimed at children.  But the…

Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products

I reported last January that women who consume rice have higher levels of arsenic in urine when compared to women who do not consume rice. Since then I have seen a couple more studies from different areas around the world where arsenic has been found in drinking water, in rice grown in water, and in people who consume high amounts…

Gallstone Risk in Obese Children

Childhood obesity is growing at epidemic rates. Over one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Unfortunately, the result of this epidemic is the appearance of health conditions in children that were previously only found in adults, conditions such as metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, and, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition,…

The WHOLE Story: Organic Food is Better

The latest headlines read, “Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce, “Organic Food No Healthier than Non-Organic,” and “Organic Food Not Necessarily Better.” It was enough to make anyone following the science—and the WHOLE story—sick to the stomach. Thankfully I also saw some rational headlines, such as, “Roundup: Despite Study, Organic Food Still Worth It” and…