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Diet, Purity of Food Source Could be Keys to Improving Health of Hong Kong Toddlers
Date:6/2/2009

HONG KONG, June 2 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- During a press conference announcing the results of a recent study on toddler health in Hong Kong, Ms. Ingrid Kan, Accredited Dietician of St. Teresa's Hospital, said an imbalanced diet could cause a raft of health issues among toddlers, including nutritional deficiencies leading to impeded language development and gastrointestinal health problems potentially causing obesity. She also stated that many parents do not emphasize enough the importance of ingredients' nutritive value and their origins, which are essential for ensuring food quality and nutritional benefit. In addition, she said certain additives in toddler growing up milk, such as probiotics, could positively influence digestive health and immunity.

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Ms. Kan was giving her professional interpretation of the study, titled "Survey on Toddler Health in Hong Kong" and conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Among the more surprising results of the survey, nearly 90% of toddlers have visited the doctor over the past six months, mostly for illnesses related to the digestive and respiratory systems.

"Toddlerhood, from age one to three, is an important developmental stage," Ms. Kan said. "Foods and supplements that contain balanced levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients will go a long way toward ensuring a toddler's health and development. In addition, parents need to look at where ingredients come from. For example, cleaner, purer natural environments will produce purer milk and milk po
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SOURCE Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies,CUHK;Nestle Hong Kong Ltd.
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