a UK study found that prepared baby foods lacked appropriate micronutrients (quantifiable vitamins and minerals)

“ready-made baby meals contained less than a fifth of the recommended daily supply of calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and other minerals” COME ON MOMS

If you think that food processing companies care about the health and vitality of your children, i urge you to check out Marion Nestle’s blog/book at http://www.foodpolitics.com/

“The samples included four meat and four vegetable varieties, one with pasta, but specific manufacturers were not identified. The research showed that infants given one meat jar and one vegetable jar on top of 600ml of formula milk would not be getting enough calcium, magnesium, copper and selenium. On average, the levels were below 20% of the recommended daily supply.”

do moms really feed babies MEAT JARS?

get a BPA-free food processor or a BPA-free vitamix and take 5 minutes to make your own baby food

clearly we don’t have the full picture of how environmental pollutants affect our health – I try to emphasize that  exposure to petroleum products and the byproducts of burning those petrochemicals has some endocrine disruptive functions

researchers from my alma mater – columbia university’s mailman school of public health – have completed a study showing that pregnant women in neighborhoods with the shittiest of new york air have obese children – and this obesity isn’t just attributable to diet and exercise.

“Overall, 17% of children in the United States are obese, and in inner-city neighborhoods, the prevalence is as high as 25%. While poor diets and physical inactivity are the main culprits, there is new evidence that air pollution can play a role.

pregnant women in New York City exposed to higher concentrations of chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, were more than twice as likely to have children who were obese by age 7 compared with women with lower levels of exposure. PAHs, a common urban pollutant, are released into the air from the burning of coal, diesel, oil and gas, or other organic substances such as tobacco”

Robin Whyatt, DrPH, the paper’s senior author, notes that the study is one of the first to present evidence that chemicals in the environmental can contribute to obesity in human beings. Future research will focus on identifying other examples of these “obesogens” and ways to reduce them, says Dr. Whyatt

exposure to PAH’s have also been shown to increase behavioral problems and decrease IQ

what do we do?

CHECK OUT THIS INFORMATIONAL PDF on how to reduce your exposure to PAHs

Some measures one can take to reduce PAH exposure:
• Periodic ventilation of domestic air
• Avoid long period of exposure to contaminated air (automobile exhaust, wood smoke, etc)
• Do not smoke
• Avoid eating too much smoked food (e.g. barbequed meat)
• Avoid skin contact with such solid materials as soot, tar, and urban soil near traffic

i posted the other day that microwave popcorn was slowly killing you – but that was based on the exposure to the plastics in the bag that you pop your popcorn in

eat popcorn – it’s good for you – but MAKE IT YOURSELF


popcorn is a WHOLE GRAIN – you know, the kind that everyone tells you to eat!?

it is also full of antioxidants – according to a new study (actually a press release from the american chemical society?)

it’s also full of insoluble fiber which helps your digestive system out (pregnant women can sometimes be a little slow at digesting wink-wink)

get an air popper  – this one is BPA free

make your own popcorn with coconut oil

“Ammonia’s not an unusual product to find added to food,” Gary Acuff, director of Texas A&M University’s Center for Food Safety, told a recent press conference hosted by Beef Products Inc. “We use ammonia in all kinds of foods in the food industry.”

so, you may be appropriately terrified of ground beef, thanks to a viral news story about pink slime, one of the meat industry’s dirty little secrets. what you might not be aware of is how ubiquitous ammonia use is in food processing, or how food label laws don’t require disclosure of potential disgusting ingredients used in the processing of your foods – even everyday “healthy” foods like cheese, canned vegetables and soups.

the food industry is scrambling to defend the use of processing agents like ammonia in light of these disclosures

check out this article about what role ammonia has in your diet – and then try to eat as little processed food as possible

ladies, prenatal exposure to PFOA has been shown to increase the risk of obesity in daughters at 20 years of age.


according to a danish study, daughters of mothers with the highest concentrations of PFOA – the chemical found in microwave popcorn liners and used to make nonstick cookware – in the blood during pregnancy were three times as likely to be overweight at the age of about 20 years as daughters of mothers with the lowest PFOA levels.

This study demonstrates that environmental pollutants have a demonstrable effect on our health.

Your job as a pregnant mama is to keep your belly as free from pollution as you can.

you can reduce your exposure to PFOA by:

mamas – please be committed to exercising!

you’ll feel better throughout your pregnancy, you’ll establish healthy routines, you’ll also be helping baby’s heart health

“A 2008 pilot study conducted by [Linda E. May, an exercise physiologist and anatomist] and her collaborators at KCUMB and the Kansas City University of Medicine found that pregnant women who exercised at least 30 minutes three times a week had fetuses with lower heart rates — a sign of heart health — during the final weeks of development.”

The researchers “revealed that the fetuses’ improved cardiovascular heart control is maintained one month after pregnancy, which indicates that mothers’ efforts to stay active have lasting effects. ”

i’m going throw it out there that a baby with a strong heart will fare better during a stressful labor?

if you feel lazy, think about how junior will be heartier

from ScienceDaily on Dec. 6, 2010 “A major new study shows that a pregnant mother’s diet not only sensitizes the fetus to those smells and flavors, but physically changes the brain directly impacting what the infant eats and drinks in the future”

this means that…

if you eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and varying in tastes and spices, your child might just develop a taste for healthy, delicious foods!

according to the study’s author, “Exposure to odor or flavor in the womb elicits the preference but also shapes the brain development…from the fetus’ point of view, whatever is in the womb is considered “good.” If your mother ate it and survived to give birth to you then it was probably safe…This is a good strategy for a mouse that is foraging for food. It treats those same foods as safe.”

by establishing good nutrition practices now in your pregnancy (or even better yet – before you conceive) you have a greater chance at raising a less picky kid who not only likes your cooking, but who eats their veggies!

if you’re eating mac & cheese, fries & milkshakes – what do you think your kid will want to eat as they get older?

try new flavors and new types of cuisine -my tip would be to stick to veggie choices to minimize the risk of an upset stomach if you go to a new restaurant or cook up a new recipe