Sadly, parents often think that rice cereal is the first food to introduce to a baby. Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants. Babies don't even produce the enzyme amylase, which is the essential enzyme for breaking down starch. The baby's small intestine basically only produces one enzyme for starch, lactase; which is for the digestion of lactose. Feeding grains too early will cause food allergies later on in life because the protein in the grains sit in the stomach too long. This will cause the baby to have acid reflux.
"The number one ingredient in what we call rice 'cereal' is processed white rice flour. That's all the rice there is. There are also some vitamins and minerals sprinkled in that babies could easily get in other ways. These don't make this gateway junk food healthy ... Metabolically, it's not that different from giving babies a spoonful of sugar." Stanford-based pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene.
SO, parents desperately go to the doctor for help; most likely putting the baby on acid blockers. This is the WORST thing to do because the stomach is a very acid environment with a pH at 2 or less. Stomach acid is essential for to absorb vitamin B-12 and minerals that allow you to release hormones from the pancreas, without which can lead to development of diabetes.
Stomach acid also helps breakdown protein. When you don't have stomach acid to breakdown food, undigested proteins sit like a rock in the intestines. This slowly eats holes in your intestines and this inflammation begins a detrimental snowball effect. When you start to have holes in your intestines, food starts to leak into your bloodstream (leading to leaky gut syndrome). This is awful because the immune system goes into overdrive to kill the unknown substances in the blood...NOW we have food allergies! So if you are feeding the baby grains and cow's milk, they will most likely develop a wheat and dairy allergy...oh boy!
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There has recently been a 16X increase in the use of acid reflux medicine in infants. Even though a study showed that there was no difference in infants from a placebo! When families eliminate common allergen such as dairy, soy and wheat from the baby's and breastfeeding mother's diet, by day 3 or 4 the infants no longer suffer from acid reflux. This means a total elimination! Not just the 80/20 rule. It takes a lot of commitment by the family, but it is well worth the effort.
Milk based formulas often cause allergies while soy based formulas contain growth inhibitors, mineral blocking phytic acid, and plant forms of estrogens that has adverse effects on hormonal development. Soy formula is also devoid of cholesterol which is essential for the brain (our brains are 60% cholesterol!) and nervous system.
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Craig absolutely loved these and he isn't one for pancakes. They are a thinner pancake, but the flavor is outstanding."HEALTHIFIED" PUMPKIN PANCAKES
1/4 cup cottage or ricotta cheese
1/4 cup pumpkin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup Jay Robb vanilla whey or egg white protein
Preheat skillet. Beat eggs with electric mixer on high for 1 minute to make them light and fluffy. In a food processor, blend the cottage cheese until very smooth, then add to the eggs. Add all the other ingredients. Pour batter onto skillet, fry until golden brown. Serve with Nature's Hollow syrup or my favorite... "Healthified" Pecan butter (recipe can be found in my cookbook: The Art of Eating Healthy: Kids). Makes 4 servings. Whole Recipe = 321 calories, 11.9 carbs, 6.6 fiber
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving):
Traditional Pancakes = 149 calories, 28 carbs, 1 fiber, 4g protein
?Healthified? Pancakes = 80 calories, 2.9 carbs, 1.6 fiber, 9g protein
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per 1/4 cup syrup)
Regular Pancake Syrup: 240 calories, 40 carbs, 40 sugar
Nature?s Hollow Syrup: 76 calories, 28 carbs, 26 sugar alcohol, 2 effective carbs
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