Smarter than you thought: Infants can judge people’s preferences, proves research 

Smarter than you thought: Infants can judge people’s preferences, proves research 

They’re paying a lot more attention than you’d think! –

They may not be able to talk but babies as young as eight months can log our every move and make odds on what a person is most likely to do next, a study suggests. “Even before they can talk, babies are keeping close track of what’s going on in front of them and looking for patterns of activity that may suggest preferences,” said Lori Markson, associate professor at Washington University in the US.

Make the same choice three or four times in a row, and babies as young as eight months come to view that consistent behaviour as a preference,” said Markson. The findings demonstrated that infants look for consistent patterns of behaviour and make judgements about people’s preferences based on simple probabilities calculated from observed events and actions.

Source: Smarter than you thought: Infants can judge people’s preferences, proves research | fitness | Hindustan Times

3 Simple Tweaks for a Healthier Home | Rodale Wellness

3 Simple Tweaks for a Healthier Home | Rodale Wellness

Get to your nearest park! Or paddock –

Plan outdoor exercise Try planning a “green space treasure hunt” in your neighborhood, in which you aim to find at least three good places to get outdoor exercise near your home. Better yet, spread the idea around your social connections to start up some friendly competition to find the best spots.

Source: 3 Simple Tweaks for a Healthier Home | Rodale Wellness

Toxic Industrial Chemicals Found in 10 Types of Macaroni and Cheese Powders

Toxic Industrial Chemicals Found in 10 Types of Macaroni and Cheese Powders

Yikes! Cheese should never come in powder form… –

Laboratory testing of 10 varieties of macaroni and cheese products has revealed toxic industrial chemicals (known as phthalates) in the cheese powders of all of the tested items, according to the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging, a national alliance of leading public health and food safety groups.

In recognition of National Macaroni and Cheese Day, the coalition has issued a call to The Kraft Heinz Company—the dominant seller of boxed macaroni and cheese, with 76 percent of market share—to drive industry-wide change by eliminating any sources of phthalates (THAL-eights) that may end up in its cheese products.

Source: Toxic Industrial Chemicals Found in 10 Types of Macaroni and Cheese Powders

Can You Develop Food Allergies at Any Age? – The New York Times

Can You Develop Food Allergies at Any Age? – The New York Times

It’s certainly becoming more common! –

Preliminary data from a large, new national study that is currently under review suggests that nearly 52 percent of American adults with a reported food allergy developed one or more food allergies after age 18. Many adults who develop a new food allergy wonder what caused it — the “turn-on switch” as Dr. Gupta calls it. Anecdotal reports suggest that pregnancy, for example, can trigger new allergies, leading some to hypothesize that a hormonal connection may be at play. Other patients report they noticed a new allergy after getting a viral infection. Still, it is not yet clear what causes a new reaction to a food after someone has eaten it for decades without incident.

Source: Can You Develop Food Allergies at Any Age? – The New York Times

Infant sleep research: No need to make babies cry 

Infant sleep research: No need to make babies cry 

There are as many techniques as there are mums! Just as long as it works for you and your little one –

New mothers often use controlled crying to help get their baby to sleep but new research, which looked at 34 subjects, found that responsive settling could be a less stressful option.The research, published in the Journal of Early Human Development, shows that responsive settling reduces the salivary cortisol levels or stress levels in babies and mothers.

Source: Infant sleep research: No need to make babies cry – Drive – ABC Radio

Many Canned Foods Still Contain Toxic Chemical | KPBS

Many Canned Foods Still Contain Toxic Chemical | KPBS

BPA is still allowed in the linings of cans, when it really should be removed from all food containers! –

A new report from the Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health (CEH) found many canned foods still contain Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that has been linked to birth defects and cancer.

The center tested more than 250 cans of food from major retailers in nine states, including California and New York. The chemical was found in the linings of nearly 40 percent of the cans tested.

Charles Margulis, CEH’s media director, said cans sold at some dollar stores were more likely to contain BPA. “Which means that people in neighborhoods where they rely on the dollar stores for a lot of their fruits and vegetables, may be getting higher exposure to BPA,” he explained. “And these are typically neighborhoods that already suffer disproportionate toxic exposures in their daily lives.”

Source: Many Canned Foods Still Contain Toxic Chemical | KPBS