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Infants Should Avoid Cereals

Insulin dependent diabetes is one of the worst chronic diseases to acquire as insulin is one of the major physical causes of disease as mentioned in the blog link below. Previous studies have shown that pasteurized cow's milk may be a factor for diabetes. This study looked for that link but did not find one, but they did learn that cereals should be avoided.

Cereal is one of the first solid foods to be introduced into the infant diet and most pediatricians encourage their patients to start these foods at about 4 to 6 months of age. This study found that cereals introduced before the age of 4 months or after the age of 7 months increased the risk of insulin dependent diabetes in the children later in life.

So does that mean we should be sure and start all our infants on rice cereal between the ages of 4 and 7 months? Absolutely not. I can't explain why they appear to get a reprieve during that time, but if you have read my book The No-Grain Diet you will know that there are a large variety of other reasons to avoid grains, even in infants. Infants will do just fine with a vegetable source of carbs. So do your child a favor and give them veggies rather than cereal.

JAMA October 1, 2003;290(13):1713-20

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