Low-Protein Nordic Diet Promotes Healthy Eating in Infants
Infants who were introduced to a low-protein diet – high in fruit, vegetables, and roots – ate more fruits and vegetables at 12 and 18 months of age, compared with those who ate a conventional diet, in a new study. The "Nordic diet" has shown health benefits in children and adults, but has not been studied in infants, said Ulrica Johansson, MD, of Umeå (Sweden) University, in a presentation on the study at the annual meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.
@bidhan The protein intake in the Nordic group still fell within the safe level recommended for healthy growth in young children by the World Health Organization, noted Johansson, and no significant differences were observed in growth between the groups. Total energy intake, iron status, and duration of breastfeeding also remained similar between the groups throughout the study period.