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Getting EFA's into child

Posted by Ellie on March 06, 2002 at 15:15:58:

Before the crash, I posted a message asking if anyone knew a good way to get EFA's into a child without adding lots of sugar (such as one would do if putting flax oil into a smoothie). My 5-year-old is picky (self-declared vegetarian since age 2) but will eat shrimp (at least). He has developed dry skin, and he's always been high strung (so I wonder if EFA's might be beneficial there, too). We try to keep his diet as close to the WFD as possible, given his age and pickiness!

If I do have to add sugar to a smoothie to get EFA's in him, would there be any advantage to using honey over table sugar, or does it matter at all?

Thanks for any thoughts.



Re: Getting EFA's into child

Posted by Lincoln on March 06, 2002 at 15:51:40:

In Reply to: Getting EFA's into child posted by Ellie on March 06, 2002 at 15:15:58:

I put EFA oil in my smoothies all the time and I never use sugar. (But it's for me, not a kid!) I use a couple of cups of liquid, 20-40grams of a vanilla/almond protein powder, a ripe banana, and about a tablespoon of EFA. Can't even taste the EFA oil at that concentration. The liquid can be milk or apple juice or carrot juice. The carrot juice is the sweetest of the three.

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Re: Getting EFA's into child

Posted by S.H.A.P.E. on March 06, 2002 at 16:08:50:

In Reply to: Getting EFA's into child posted by Ellie on March 06, 2002 at 15:15:58:

Hi Ellie - Yes - EFA would be great to help with skin problems - just rub the required amount (1/2 teaspoon) on the childs back everyday and it will absorb and evenually build up in their system!

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Re: Getting EFA's into child

Posted by Nutmeg on March 06, 2002 at 16:13:32:

In Reply to: Getting EFA's into child posted by Ellie on March 06, 2002 at 15:15:58:

I don't add sugar to my smoothies. I use almond milk & lots of fruit and if needed, add frozen orange juice concentrate for extra sweetness. Depending on his tastes you could also try apple juice, pineapple, grape or other frozen juice concentrate. (These juice concentrates are good as general sweeteners too.) Admittedly I do use ground flax seeds rather than the oil, but I don't taste them at all. I have heard that if the flax oil or seeds have a strong taste, they are rancid and should not be used. I've not had a problem since I started using a well-known brand of seeds, fresh, sealed in an airtight package, and refrigerated at the health food store.

Nutmeg

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Re: Getting EFA's into child (Archive in pediatrics.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 07, 2002 at 09:46:00:

In Reply to: Getting EFA's into child posted by Ellie on March 06, 2002 at 15:15:58:

Hi, Ellie.

Good ideas from nutmeg, SHAPE & Lincoln.

One thing to remember; 100 years ago it was noted (and reported in the medical literature) that there were no feeding problems in orphanages! The reason, it was finally decided, was that no one cared if the child ate or not. The bell rang at the appointed time and again at the end of the meal period. Anything not eaten at the end was thrown out and the child got nothing else until the next meal.

Since when does a child this age know enough to choose what he will eat. Even adults do not do THAT well.

Just a thought!

Walt

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Thanks, everyone, great ideas! (nmi)

Posted by Ellie on March 07, 2002 at 12:24:08:

In Reply to: Getting EFA's into child posted by Ellie on March 06, 2002 at 15:15:58:

nmi

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