The danger of a common food additive, the well-being of children and measles

A common food additive triggers diabetes and obesity, new recommendations for children under 5 and 695 cases of measles reported in the United States. Here is the essence of the news.

This common food additive triggers diabetes and obesity

Consumption of propionate, a frequently used food additive, promotes obesity and diabetes, according to a new study. Yet it is considered a safe product in the United States. Propionate is widely used by bakeries and the creators of artificial flavors. It is a fatty acid that helps prevent the formation of mold on food. The research, which combined human trial data with mouse studies, indicated that this food additive could trigger a cascade of metabolic events leading to weight gain and insulin resistance. To learn more, click here.

Screens, sleep, physical activity: new recommendations for children under 5

To grow up in good health, a child under five must spend as little time as possible sitting in front of a screen, attached to his seat or stroller, enjoying good quality sleep and focusing on active games. , according to the new WHO guidelines published Wednesday, April 24. The idea here is to have good habits taken very early. "To ensure health for all, we must do what is best for health from an early age," says WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "Development is rapid during early childhood and you have to take advantage of this period to adapt the family lifestyle in a way that promotes good health." We tell you more in our article.

United States: 695 cases of measles, making it the worst epidemic since 2000

The United States has identified 695 cases of measles since the beginning of 2019, the worst resurgence of the disease since its official elimination in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC). In comparison, 667 cases were recorded in 2014. The country owes this growth to parents' mistrust of vaccines, either because they mistakenly believe that their child can develop an autism spectrum disorder, either for religious reasons ... To read more, click here.

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