When it comes to our health, we hear a lot about inflammation and anti-inflammatory diets and foods. With rates of childhood obesity, type-2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and depression and anxiety in kids on the rise, and the impact that COVID-19 has had on chronic diseases, it’s important to look at inflammation and its role in our kids’ health.
In this episode, I’m talking with Dr. Maria Mascarenhas, a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP),
and co-author of “The Anti-Inflammatory Family Cookbook,” about the differences between acute and chronic inflammation, the basics of the anti-inflammatory approach, and the benefits of anti-inflammatory diets. We also talk about the best anti-inflammatory foods, how to encourage your kids to eat them, and easy, delicious recipes they’ll love.
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1:15 What is inflammation?
2:44 Would you say most people have chronic inflammation?
3:25 What are chronic diseases and conditions are linked to inflammation?
4:09 What is leaky gut syndrome?
4:59 Should we be thinking about inflammation when it comes to our kids?
7:38 What do we know about inflammation’s link to the microbiome and mental health?
9:58 Is diet a cure-all for preventing chronic diseases?
11:53 What is the anti-inflammatory approach and how did it come to be?
14:32 What are the core tenants of anti-inflammatory eating?
18:30 What does research show about the benefits of anti-inflammatory diets?
22:31 What are the best anti-inflammatory foods?
23:58 Is eating a rainbow of colorful foods a way to encourage kids to eat a wider variety of foods?
25:05 Are there foods that are off-limits or those parents should avoid feeding their kids?
28:10 Are dairy and gluten inflammatory foods and should we limit or avoid them?
31.15 Is yogurt a good source of probiotics for kids?
32:51 What type of yogurt should we be eating?
34:22 What are tasty ways to introduce fermented foods to kids?
37:14 Should parents introduce herbs and spices to their kids when they’re babies?
39:42 What are practical tips for getting kids to be more adventurous eaters and kids who grow to accept and love these foods?
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