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Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

In dit boek lees je o.a.: * heel veel informatie ter bevordering van je gezondheid; * hoe je door de juiste vetten te eten en te drinken kan afvallen; * hoe de overheid en de voedingsindustrie ons, uit financieel belang, verkeerd voorlichten; * dat je van bewerkte vetten ziek kan worden.

Trick and Treat:
How 'healthy eating' is making us ill
Trick and Treat cover

"A great book that shatters so many of the nutritional fantasies and fads of the last twenty years. Read it and prolong your life."
Clarissa Dickson Wright

Natural Health & Weight Loss cover

"NH&WL may be the best non-technical book on diet ever written"
Joel Kauffman, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Begin at the Beginning: The Best Diet for Healthy Children

Part 3: Weaning to Teething


The point of weaning is to make the transition from milk to ordinary family food. Weaning should not be started before four months for the reasons stated earlier, but it should have started by six months. Later and your baby's stores of iron may be running low (see below). The exact time depends on baby. Breast-feeding may continue simultaneously for two years or more. There are no hard and fast rules about this: you and your baby can decide for yourselves. Don't try to force the pace: the transition should be gradual. There is plenty of advice literature available from maternity units and family doctors. Much of this is useful - but a lot is placed there by baby-food manufacturers. This must be read with caution, as it may not be unbiased.
    It is important to remember that milk is a balanced food and that which follows it must also be balanced. This phase of your baby's diet is crucial to her future weight and health. It is at this time that predilections for certain tastes begin: what your baby becomes accustomed to at this time will determine what she will prefer to eat throughout life.
    Nevertheless, the general principles of weaning can be followed, remembering only that cereals should not be given too liberally and under no circumstances should sugar or artificially sweetened foods be given. Don't worry if these foods do not taste sweet enough to you, your baby doesn't know the difference. If she does not become used to sweetened foods, she will not develop a taste for them.
    If you use a dummy, do not dip it in a sweetened liquid first. Never feed a sweetened liquid in a bottle. Both these practices lead to a liking for sweet things and, thus, to obesity in later life. Preferences for sweet things can cause other health problems: lack of appetite and poor weight gain and growth as nutritious food is displaced in favour of nutrient-poor sweets; and diarrhoea and behavioural disorders, most noticeably irritability and aggressiveness.
    Traditionally, the first weaning food given is a milled cereal but there is no nutritional reason for this. When a baby is born, she has a store of iron that will last for several months. As milk does not contain much iron, this store will gradually be depleted. It is safer, therefore, to begin weaning with a little egg yolk. It is advisable to avoid the egg white at this stage, in case of possible allergy problems.
    Liquidised meat, offal (liver and kidney are good sources of iron and vitamin C), eggs and fish, fruit and vegetables should be introduced as they provide not only a variety of tastes but also a range of vitamins and minerals. Dairy produce: full-cream milk, cream, cheese, and plain, unsweetened, whole-milk yogurt are similar to what your baby has been used to. But they are common causes of allergies. It is better, therefore, to delay their use and use sparingly at first. A suggested timetable for the introduction of various foods is below. By all means add cereal products, but be careful not to overdo these and steer clear of the excessively refined white flours and cereals, and do not use any that have added bran. And I repeat: do not sweeten anything with sugar.


Before 4 months - Breast-feed exclusively.
4-6 months - Can give small amounts of puréed meat, fruit and vegetables, and just a taste of a thin porridge of cornmeal or rice flour with a breast-milk (or formula milk) feed.
    Do not give cow's milk, citrus fruits, soft summer fruits, wheat in any form, spices, oats, salt, sugar, spinach, swede, turnip, beetroot, eggs or nuts.
6-8 months - Can give puréed meat and vegetables, fish, liver, egg yolk (hard cooked), small beans (e.g. aduki), ripe banana, cooked rice, citrus fruits, summer fruits, bread  with milk feed.
    Do not give cow's milk (except yoghurt), cheese, hot spices, egg whites, nuts.
9-12 months - Can give a wide range of foods, cow's milk in small quantities, cheese, fromage frais, fish, soft cooked beans, smooth peanut butter, well-cooked meat, well-cooked egg white - at any time.
    Do not give cow's milk as main drink. Do not give whole nuts until the age of five.

Commercial baby foods

It is important that babies are introduced to high quality foods from the start. Unfortunately, many new mothers are presented with manufacturers' free samples by hospitals and health workers. The manufacturers don't give these away out of the goodness of their hearts; these have been supplied to help promote their products. Jars of commercial baby food are best avoided, except for occasional times when needed for convenience, for a number of reasons:

  • a. Using commercial foods usually means that the child's first solids are very different from the foods you will want her to eat a few months later.
  • b. These foods also contain large quantities of sugary or starchy fillers. Even those with 'no added sugar' usually contain fruit syrups and other sugars. Many ready-to-serve baby foods are thickened with starches (e.g. maltodextrin) and gums to make them appear more like solid food. These not only predispose to obesity but also damage teeth.
  • c. There is no requirement that baby foods which contain meat have either their meat content, the species from which it comes or which parts of the animal is used stated on the jar. One 'Turkey Dinner' that the Food Commission tested contained only five percent meat. Most, today, are only around fifteen percent meat.
  • d. Baby foods are highly processed and, as a consequence, nutrients may be destroyed. To make up this shortfall, manufacturers add vitamins. There is considerable evidence that taking vitamin supplements, and that is what these added vitamins are, is not a good idea (indeed, any food that proclaims it has added vitamins should be regarded with suspicion for any age).
  • e. Baby foods also tend to be stored for a considerable time before being eaten. They, therefore, lack freshness and are depleted of nutritional quality. They are the infant equivalent of junk food.

It is almost inevitable, I suppose, that you will want to use commercial baby foods for convenience from time to time. In which case scrutinise the labels and reject any that contain ingredients that are not 'food' in the accepted sense, or that you wouldn't want to eat yourself.

Making your own baby foods

Making foods yourself for weaning is not difficult. A whole month's supply can easily be made in one go, puréed, divided up into ice-cube trays and frozen in the freezer or refrigerator's ice box to be thawed out as required.
     All food should be nutritious. A child has a lot of growing to do and only a small stomach. She must have the building blocks for bone, teeth, muscle and brain in the form of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. She also will use an inordinate amount of energy. The most concentrated energy source is the fat. Don't cut it off, your child needs it.


When your child is thirsty, it means that her body is becoming dehydrated and requires water. Avoid fizzy drinks: drinks like pop and colas do not quench thirst, quite the reverse, they usually leave a feeling of wanting more. Avoid also low-calorie diet drinks. Although these do not contain sugar, they are sweetened and do encourage a taste for sweet things. The 'pop' rot can start early and quite subtly. I have already mentioned the sweetened water that may be given by the midwife to a newborn baby. Many baby drinks too are little better than sugared water with no nutritional value.  A single beaker of blackcurrant drink can contain 6-9 spoons of sugar! The best drink of all is water. Tap water is preferable to bottled water: the bottled water industry is not as well regulated and, for safety reasons, bottled water is not recommended by the medical profession for infants.
    Your infant will probably want to drink tea or coffee as you do at a young age. But these drinks, at the strengths enjoyed by adults, are not suitable for small children. However, that does not mean that they cannot be introduced.
    Toddler tea should be super-weak: a teaspoon or two of brewed tea in a cup of warm water with milk, no sugar.
    Toddler coffee is made with ¼ teaspoon of instant coffee per mug and warm whole milk, no sugar.


At the age of about six months your baby will be grasping things and taking them to her mouth to suck. Later she will begin teething. At this time it is usual to give baby something to chew on. This is normally a rusk.
    Rusks are bad news. They are largely carbohydrate based and even the low-sugar ones tend to contain a considerable amount of sugar. The first effect, therefore, is that newly emerging teeth are bathed in the food of teeth-rotting bacteria and, secondly, baby will develop a taste for sweet things. So forget commercial rusks. Use wholemeal toast or, better still, the old-fashioned bone teething ring. Your baby can also chew on celery sticks or slices of carrot, swede or any other hard vegetable. These should be cut into chunks large enough to prevent their being inadvertently swallowed.
    As the weaning period ends, milky and puréed foods will be replaced by more solid foods and your infant will eat more like you do. Baby-food manufacturers make a wide range of foods for this period as well as the weaning period. But beware: carbohydrates - cereals and sugars - are cheap. For this reason, pre-cooked jars of food are liberally laced with them. Although the manufacturers have recently been cutting down the amounts of sugar they put in these foods, there may still be a significant amount. You can expect the fruit sugar, fructose, in jars of fruit, but it should not have been added. Also look out for and avoid sugars by other names: sucrose, maltose, fructose, dextrose, glucose - in fact anything with 'ose' at the end of it. And look out for and avoid 'syrup', 'maltodextrin' and 'modified starch'.
    If you can keep your child away from sugar and sugary sweets before she goes to school, it is likely that she will not develop the taste for them at all. The natural sweetness of fruits is a pleasant sweetness. On the other hand, modern sweets are so sickly-sweet that she will probably feel sick if she eats one. It is extremely unlikely that she will enjoy it. With this upbringing and experience, it is equally unlikely that she will ever become overweight.

Part 1: Prepare for pregnancy | Part 2: Pregnancy and breast feeding | Part 3: Weaning to teething | Part 4: Growing up | Part 5: Tips

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