If you’re like me and work with schools, or work closely with children, or if you’re a parent of school-age children, you may have noticed something very concerning. I’m talking about food allergies. Why do they seem to affect more and more kids every year?
My nutrition colleagues and colleagues at Flik Independent School Dining have discussed this at length. I remember when I was in elementary school and middle school, there was one fellow student who had a peanut allergy. The experiences of most of my colleagues were similar. But now, food allergies just seem rampant. In addition, we are seeing a variety of the eight major allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, milk, soy, egg) present themselves in any number of combinations in many individuals.
The truth is, food allergies are in fact on the rise. According to a recent CDC study:
In 2007, approximately 3 million children under a...
Vitamin D is quite unique. Both a vitamin we consume and a hormone we make, it is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin because the process of making it in our bodies is initiated by sunlight hitting our skin (and is ultimately synthesized in the kidneys).
We can also get vitamin D from food sources. But the truth is, it’s actually pretty difficult to get adequate vitamin D from foods. Few foods are actually good sources (fatty fish like tuna and salmon are!), and most of those sources are fortified (like dairy products and breakfast cereals). Because of this, vitamin D has recently been the subject of much research and discussion.It is thought that 1 billion people worldwide have low blood levels of vitamin D. This is especially problematic for those living in northern latitudes where the type of sunlight exposure necessary for adequate vitamin D synthesis isn’t up to par for the majority of the year.