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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?


About Maria R. Mascarenhas, MBBS, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

CHOP Integrative Health Anti-Inflammatory Recipes & Videos

“The Anti-Inflammatory Family Cookbook: The Kid-Friendly, Pediatrician-Approved Way to Transform Your Family’s Health”  

EWG Dirty 12 and Clean 15 


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Food Issues
Food Issues
Julie Revelant

With hundreds of thousands of Americans dying each year from obesity, type-2 diabetes, and a slew of chronic health conditions—all a direct result of food inequities, a broken food culture, and food marketing, and worsened by COVID-19, a significant shift in how we think about food and how we feed our kids must happen now if we want to change the trajectory of health for our kids. Food Issues hosted by health journalist and blogger Julie Revelant features interviews with authors, researchers, healthy food advocates, and thought leaders who want to educate, inspire, and empower organizations, parents, and local communities to create real, lasting change and ensure a healthier future for our kids. Through profound conversations that uncover the real issues affecting families coupled with easy, practical tips for parents, this podcast is the place to change our kids’ futures.

Author Details
Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.