Podcast episode 6 – Our food system is failing our kids ~ How we as moms, can feed our kids healthy foods
Podcast Episode 6 – Our food system i failing our kids. How we as moms, can feed our kids healthy foods
1-3 school aged children are obese
more than 200,000 youth have type 2 diabetes
Over 5 million kids have food allergies
15-18% of kids have a chronic illness
Multiple factors to blame.
- Fast food
Fast food has become quite popular with our fast paced life and everyone’s over booked schedules. BUT… fast food is loaded with preservatives, it’s high in fat, and has empty calories. Food is deep fried in a corn based oil, which is the most unhealthiest oil for human consumption. It’s high in saturated fat which is a known contributor to heart disease. Even the “healthy” options are not as healthy as you think.
- Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s)
Gmo’s is a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another to obtain a desired trait or characteristic. Mixing genes is unnatural and produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens and nutritional deficiencies.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require safety studies, does not mandate labeling gmo’s and allows companies to put their GM foods onto the market without notifying stores. 70-80% of the food we eat are genetically modified.
- Growth Hormones and antibiotics
Many conventional farmed animals are given growth hormones to fatten them up and antibiotics to treat illness they encounter in their hazardous, overcrowded living conditions. These toxins are getting into our food supply and are having detrimental effects on our health.
- Artificial flavors, artificial colors, added sugars, natural flavors, high fructose corn syrup
Ingredient labels can be very overwhelming. But the more you read them and learn about the ingredients, the more comfortable you will feel in making educated food decisions.
What foods should I be eating?
- Whole Foods
Whole foods or real foods have not been processed or refined.
- dairy – Milk, yogurt, butter, cheese
- Foods free of GMO’s
Foods are not required to label when they contain genetically modified ingredients. But many foods are labeling foods that DO NOT contain gmo’s.
- Non GMO
- GMO Free
- GMO Project verified
- Organic – always free of GMO’s
Organic foods have the most nutritional benefits as they do not have pesticides, fertilizers and gmo’s like their conventional counterpart.
- USDA Organic
- 100% Organic
- If a labels says “Organic” then at least 70% of the ingredients are organic
Conventional fruits and vegetables are saturated with harmful pesticides.
Here is a list of Fruits and Vegetables that you should ALWAYS buy organic
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
Clean 15 – least likelihood to contain pesticide residue
Here are the items the EWG identified for its “Clean 15,” which report the least likelihood to contain pesticide residue.
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Grass fed, free of hormones and antibiotics
When buying dairy and meats you want to opt for grass fed, free of hormones and antibiotics.
When buying eggs choose Free-Range, Pasture Raised and Organic.
When buying fish, opt for wild caught preferably locally sourced or from areas that are not highly polluted.
What are your thoughts?
Did you find any of these tips valuable? is there anything you will start incorporating into your life?
Leave me a comment
the 2019 Shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce was published after this podcast was published.
Here are the updated lists
2019 dirty dozen
- Hot peppers
2019 clean 15
- Sweet corn
- Sweet frozen peas
- Honeydew melons
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