According to The Week: “New York University researches analyzed the medical records of 11,500 young children and found that those who had received antibiotics before they were 6 months old were 22 percent more likely to be overweight by age 3 than those who hadn’t. The researcher also found that mice given antibiotics put on up to 15 percent more body fat than those who weren’t, and that the types of bacteria flourishing in their guts changed. Scientists are just beginning to understand how our gut bacteria affect our digestion, immune system, and even mental health.”
This article by Science Mag states that “Farmers have long used antibiotics to make cows, pigs, and turkeys gain weight faster. Now, scientists claim that receiving antibiotics early in life may also make children grow fat”- Eeg, yet another reason to buy Organic meats!!!
((Sigh))- as always, the safest strategy is to consume real food in its most natural state, free of growth hormones, chemicals, GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics etc. While I’m a huge proponent of science and modern medicine (it saved my brain!) our nation’s health has declined too rapidly in this proliferating landscape of processed junk for me to trust any food that’s not natural.