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Study: Meat Based Diet can Improve Infant Growth

Meat-based diet improves length growth in infants

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Study: Meat Based Diet can Improve Infant Growth.
63% Indians want to replace meat with plant-based food: Report. Pixabay

Giving formula-fed infants a higher protein diet such as pureed meat can improve their early length growth, new research suggests.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that meat, such as pork, can be an important source of much-needed protein in an infant’s diet during the transition to solid foods.

“Meat, such as pork, provides important micronutrients, is an excellent source of protein and can be an important complementary food for infants who are ready for solid foods,” said lead study author Minghua Tang, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz, in the US.

“Our research suggests introducing higher amounts of protein and introducing meat, such as pork, into the diet at five months could be potentially beneficial for linear growth (length gain),” Tang said.

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In the study, a small group of healthy, formula-fed infants ate meat-based complementary foods, such as pureed ham and beef, or dairy-based complementary foods from ages five to 12 months old, increasing their protein intake from two grams of protein per kg each day before the study up to three grams per kg each day during the study period.

While the protein increased, both calories and fat intakes stayed the same between the meat and dairy groups, regardless of protein source.

The researchers found the pureed meats promoted a greater rate of growth — with length of nearly one inch greater compared to the dairy-fed group at 12 months of age, with no increase in risk of being overweight at the completion of the seven-month study. (IANS)

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63% Indians Now Want to Replace Meat With Plant-Based Food

Ipsos, an independent market research company, carried out the survey between August 24-September 7, 2018 in 29 countries. The sample size for the survey in India was 1,000, it said

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Study: Meat Based Diet can Improve Infant Growth.
63% Indians want to replace meat with plant-based food: Report. Pixabay

As the country grapples with health-related issues such as diabetes, healthier food choices might be the flavour of the season with a poll showing that around 63 per cent Indians (now want) eat plant-based food in place of meat.

An Ipsos report ‘Food Habits of Indians: Ipsos Study’ observed that Indians are making informed choices, experimenting and moving away from norms.

“We know that Indians love their food and would drool for specialties like tandoori chicken, mutton and fish and their various non-vegetarian avatars. But 63 per cent of Indians polled say that are willing to eat a plant-based substitute for meat,” the report said on Monday.

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As per the report, 57 per cent of the people surveyed consume organic foods.

“57 per cent Indians claim to be consuming organic food. In sharp contrast, the developed world is least likely to eat organic food — only 12 per cent of Brits and 13 per cent of Japanese, for instance,” it said.

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Ipsos, an independent market research company, carried out the survey between August 24-September 7, 2018 in 29 countries. The sample size for the survey in India was 1,000, it said.  (IANS)