Thursday, October 27, 2005

Baby Health: The importance of DHA during pregnancy and breastfeeding

• A 2003 study published in the journal Pediatrics showed children whose mothers took a DHA supplement during pregnancy scored higher on intelligence tests at four years of age than children of mothers not taking DHA supplements.

• A 2004 study published in Child Development found that babies whose mothers had high blood levels of DHA at delivery had advanced attention spans into their second year of life. During the first six months of life these infants were two months ahead of babies whose mothers had lower DHA levels.

• Other research studies suggest breastfed babies have IQs of six to 10 points higher than formula-fed babies. Medical and nutritional experts attribute this difference to the DHA infants receive while nursing.

• In a trial of women receiving DHA supplementation during the third trimester, the average length of gestation increased six days (Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2003).

• Research has found low levels of DHA in mother's milk and in the red blood cells of women with postpartum depression. (Journal of Affective Disorders, 2002). Some scientists believe increasing levels of maternal DHA may reduce the risk of postpartum depression.

Eggs and Bird Flu Warning

The European Union's food safety agency will advise consumers to avoid raw eggs and poultry in order to prevent the spread of bird flu, an official at the watchdog said, confirming a newspaper report.

The deadly H5N1 virus first surfaced in Asia but appears to be spreading quickly to the west on the wings of migrating birds. But it is difficult to transmit from bird to human - thousands of cases among poultry in Asia have resulted in only 120 human cases, of which 60 led to death.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

New Chocolate! Sugar Free, Dairy Free, EFA & higher protein, lower carb.

vegan willy wonkas and vegan chocolate factory launch world's healthiest chocolate
Plamil UK leaders in dairy free foods have liased with nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston to make a delicious vegan chocolate that's almost too good to be true! Using a new natural birch tree sweetener called xylitol Plamil hope to ensure there's no logical reason to buy Cadbury's or Nestle Dairy milk chocolate ever again.

Adrian Ling is keeping the Plamil innovative tradition alive with a new range of nutrition rich magic vegan chocolate having liased with top London nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston.

Adrian tells us “Yvonne asked if we could create a magic version of our famous dairy free chocolate that she could happily recommend, with no sugar, lower carb, higher protein and perhaps some essential fats, but still retain the delicious flavour of chocolate.”

“Having found a source of birch tree sugar alternative that has a very low Glycaemic Index (GI/GL) value we then added high protein hulled hempseed to add in omega, 3, 6 and 9 and subtle nutty flavour,” says Adrian proudly.

A delighted Yvonne tells us “Plamil really are the Willy Wonkas of healthy chocolate – this really is guilt free with all the health benefits and none of the drawbacks of sugar or artificial sweeteners – at last we really can have our cake and eat it!”

Full Story and Pictures - Try Some vegan chocolate NOW!

Monday, October 03, 2005

UK ASA uphold Vegan Complaint against Nestle & Milk Claim

ASA uphold complaint against Nestle - Milk is not essential : "The ASA considered that the use of the word 'essential' implied dairy products were the only source of calcium. Because that was not correct, they concluded that the advertorial was likely to mislead and advised Nestle to amend the claim and to seek assistance from the CAP Copy Advice team before using a similar campaign in future. "

More news- Dairy Producers to beware of false nutrition claims