An "Alphabet" is the generic term I use to denote institutions that come with an acronym; in this case, the AAP — American Academy of Pediatrics — and specifically, their Committee on Nutrition.
In an article in Pediatric News, Rice Cereal Can Wait, Let Them Eat Meat First: AAP committee has changes in mind…
There is no good reason not to introduce meats, vegetables, and fruits as the first complementary foods, according to Dr. Frank R. Greer, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’s Committee on Nutrition.
Introducing these foods early and often promotes healthy eating habits and preferences for these naturally nutrient-rich foods, said Dr. Greer, who is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Rice cereal has traditionally been the first complementary food given to American infants, but “Complementary foods introduced to infants should be based on their nutrient requirements and the nutrient density of foods, not on traditional practices that have no scientific basis,” Dr. Greer said in an interview.
In fact, the AAP’s Committee on Nutrition is working on a statement that will include these new ideas…
Well I’m glad that in 2010 (already!!!) someone is coming to their senses. Imagine it! What will medical science come up with next? Feed ’em meat! Man, I wish someone had thought of that a long time ago.
Rice cereal has been the first complementary food given to infants in the United States for many reasons, including cultural tradition. By the 1960s, most U.S. infants (70%–80%) were fed cereal by 1 month of age. By 1980, rice cereal predominated, as it was considered to be well tolerated and “hypoallergenic”—given growing concerns about food allergies, he said.
So let’s see, General Mills and whoever else were successful in marketing campaigns to get babies off breast milk and onto fructose & soy laden poison commonly referred to as "formula," But That’s Not All Folks! You Also Get…RICE CEREAL! Oh; Yay! & Yippee!
So now, 60 years later we’ve finally developed the scientific knowledge to take you all the way back to the beginning of humanity — to meat! But not so fast there…
However, newer thinking is that the emphasis for complementary foods should be on naturally nutrient-rich foods. This includes protein and fiber, along with vitamins A, C, D, and E and the B vitamins. In addition, saturated and trans fats should be limited, as should sugar, said Dr. Greer.
Saturated fat should be limited? But I thought this was about "complementary feeding," i.e., in addition to (hopefully) breast feeding, because breast feeding by itself becomes insufficient nutrition at about six months? This post is off the cuff but if memory serves, human breast milk is about 4.4% milkfat; about 55% of total calories. And guess what else? Not only is human milk very high in cholesterol, but about 50% of its total fat is saturated (and there’s a few percent of naturally occurring trans fats, too).
So why advise any limitation of "saturated fat?" Haven’t you guys gotten the memo? The saturated fat hysteria is DOA. Done. Finished. Dead and Buried. To continue to hold otherwise is ignorant at best, dishonest and life threatening at worst. The best anyone could do for their health is to replace as much sugar & flour in their diet as possible with real foods plentiful in saturated fat.
In light of this thinking, rice cereal is a less than perfect choice for the first complementary food given to infants, he said. Rice cereal is low in protein and high in carbohydrates. It is often mixed with varying amounts of breast milk or formula. Although most brands of formula now have added iron, zinc, and vitamins, iron is poorly absorbed—only about 7.8% of intake is incorporated into red blood cells.
‘Cause it’s not real food. Duh!
In contrast, meat is a rich source of iron, zinc, and arachidonic acid. Consumption of meat, fish, or poultry provides iron in the form of heme and promotes absorption of nonheme iron, noted Dr. Greer. Red meat and dark poultry meat have the greatest concentration of heme iron. Heme iron is absorbed intact into intestinal mucosal cells and is not affected by inhibitors of nonheme iron from the intestinal tract. Iron salts present in infant cereal are generally insoluble and poorly absorbed.
‘Cause it’s real food. Duh!
Well, here’s some folks who get it. Rex Loves Beef!
Thanks to Dr. Stephan for the tip on this article.