Tips for Introducing Solid Food to Infants

  Most infants are ready to start solids around 6 months of age. It is now recommended to wait until 6 months, whereas it was previously common to start purees at 4 months. There are no nutritional or developmental benefits that have been found with feeding solids earlier. In fact earlier introduction may be associated […]

A Look at Medium Chain Triglycerides for Nutrition

Triglycerides, or fats, are often classified by their size as either short-, medium-, or long chain triglycerides. Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are found only in small amounts in food. In our bodies, they are produced in the intestines as a byproduct of carbohydrate and fiber digestion. SCFAs are used to feed the lining of […]

Formula Shortage 2022

Going on three months since the infant formula shortage began, we are aware of the stress and concern this has caused families with young children. In recent days, President Biden invoked Defense Production Act, Nestle Nutrition ordered shipments of formula from other countries, and Abbott Nutrition has come to an agreement to restart production. While […]

Cooking Classes at GI for Kids

We are now offering cooking classes at GI for Kids! These classes are open to the community and all ages. You do not have to be a patient at GIFK to participate. Each class will include an interactive cooking demonstration and nutrition education. Call our office at 865-546-3998 or email to sign up!    […]

Added Sugars

Added Sugars in the Diet What are added sugars? Added sugars are sugars that don’t occur naturally in a food. For example, some sugar is naturally occurring in food like fruits and dairy products. Added sugars include sucrose, dextrose, table sugar, brown sugar, honey, syrups, fruit juice concentrate, and molasses to name the most common. […]

vitamin D

GI for Kids is now offering vitamin D supplements in liquid or capsule form for all ages. Our Vitamin D supplements include Vitamin K to aid with absorption. They are manufactured by a reputable company that does independent studies on all supplements to ensure they are gluten free and free of dyes or other additives. […]

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet   At GI for Kids, we sometimes encourage our patients to follow a Mediterranean Diet. This diet is high in fruits, vegetables, plant-based proteins, and healthy fats. A Mediterranean Diet can be prescribed for a specific condition, like constipation, or just as a general healthy diet.   A Mediterranean Diet includes many […]