Before coming to CHOC Children’s, Pacer Lybbert had never eaten a Cheerio, a piece of toast or even spoonful of yogurt. He was almost 4 and had never enjoyed birthday cake, Halloween candy or a Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Since birth, Pacer had received almost all of his nutrition through a feeding tube. Quinn
By Mary Sowa, MS, RD and Emily Barr, MS, RD, clinical dietitians at CHOC Children’s If you are like many consumers, the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages can sometimes be confusing. There are now changes being proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), aimed at making it easier for consumers to
By Caroline Steele, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC, director clinical nutrition and lactation services at CHOC Children’s In honor of National Nutrition Month, join CHOC Children’s in encouraging everyone to adopt eating habits focusing on reducing excess calories from fat and sugar, reducing intake of processed foods, and making information food choices to help fight disease
What food family can brighten a gloomy day in mid-winter and deserves an Academy Award for best performance in the human body? The answer is citrus.
By Leah Blalock MS, RD, CSP, CDE, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s There is a lot more to celebrate in November! Did you know that November 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day? It’s time to embrace that staple on any Thanksgiving spread. Cranberries have a taste all their own and are packed with nutrients that
Not only can parents help instill good eating habits in children, but they also have significant influence over a child’s mental perceptions about food, a CHOC Children’s psychologist says. “Food does more than just fulfill our basic needs for sustenance,” says Dr. Cindy Kim, a psychologist with expertise in pediatric feeding disorders. “Food also gets
By Vanessa Chrisman, RD, CLE, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s Organic foods continue to be all the rage. They can be found in most grocery stores and are often touted as being healthier than conventional foods. Along with those health benefits, a higher price tag is often expected as well. So, what is organic anyway?
Nursing mothers are providing their babies with nutrients to help ensure their growth – but what about mom’s diet? Listen in to hear the dieticians, who both work in CHOC’s neonatal intensive care unit, discuss how many extra calories a nursing mother should eat, what foods to be mindful about, and much more.