Tuesday, March 27, 2012

No She Just Didn't! "Clueless" Feeding!

I think the idea of grown-ups wiping dirt from a child's face with spit is pretty out there on the "Ick-Scale" but this just friggin' takes the cake Alicia Silverstone!

Do us all a favor and USE THE BLENDER ALREADY!!!
We all know that pre-mastication (the chewing of food in order to soften for feeding to one who is unable to) has been around from the beginning of time. However, in this day and age, it's taboo.  Here's what Wikipedia had to say   about its pros and cons:

"Advantages

  • Complementary to breastfeeding in the health practices of infants and young children, providing large amounts carbohydrate and protein nutrients not always available through breast milk[3] and micronutrients such as ironzinc, and vitamin b12 which are essential but present mainly in meat.[7]
  • Iron from animal sourced foods such as beef were likely premasticated during human evolution as hunter-gatherers. This animal derived iron source is shown to confer benefits to their young children (2 years onwards) in improving growth, motor, and cognitive functions.[8] Premastication was an important practice that prevented infant iron deficiency prior to modern times. [9]
  • Provides immediate and long-term immunological resistance to infections and inhibits immunological hypersensitivity such as asthma through the antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, growth factors, and nutrient transporters in the mother's saliva[3] Premastication may itself promotes the development infant immune systems through antibody generators in the mother's saliva, which helps prevent the development of allergies in the infant.[6]
  • Premasticated foods allow for better infant digestion through the presence of saliva enzymes lacking in infants [3] Alpha-amylase from maternal saliva aid in digestion of starches fed to a baby. This may be important in the developed nations since "...milk supplements containing starch are used frequently and if these are introduced into feeds at an early stage, digestion of the starch will require the action of salivary amylase..."[10]

[edit]Disadvantages

  • Premastication can transmit a wide range of diseases and pathogens from infected parents to their infants including HIV-AIDSfrom their saliva and open mouth ulcer, as well as possibly hepatitis B virus and Helicobacter pylori.[11] Given the prevalence of HIV in lower-income populations that extensively practice premastication, the action itself is likely an important method for transmission of the virus. [12]
  • Saliva can actively transmit various drugs and pharmacoactive substances."

Like...WHATEVER!  That is just soOOoo 500 yeard ago! I'm sticking to my guns on this one!


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