First and Foremost, kids are victims and You are Not. You have the right to pack their lunch and put food on their plate. Their begs and tantrums are childish and make you weaker every day you give in. You have life experiences to question and research what goes into their bodies. The rest of your life, including your child’s future, can change with simple dietary awareness for Paleo eating. Anytime I watch a News Report or morning show I get super-pumped – not because I observed a new 0-calorie, 0-sugar, non-fat, food item their promoting as a false sense of healthy eating, but because it drives me to help dig you to of that nasty little hole you’re in.
Biggest single source of added sugar in children’s diet?
Sugar sweetened drinks. However, the first thought in your mind is Soda. It’s pretty obvious soda isn’t healthy in any shape or form. What isn’t obvious is the added sugars in other liquids like teas, waters, juices, sports drinks; ABC did a great job reflecting on these with the public, but poorly promoted other “Healthy” drinks instead. The bottom line is you need to reflect on the foods that come from the earth.
For example. . .
DIET Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng. Ingredients:
Premium Brewed Decaffeinated Green Tea Using Filtered Water, Honey, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Sucralose, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Acesulfame Potassium, Ginseng Extract.
What is that long word that you can’t pronounce and just skip over? “Methylene chloride is used for the production of Acesulfame Potassium (K), which also is used as a propellant, degreaser, and paint stripper. There are many side effects with consumption of Acesulfame K, including increased risk for cancer, triggering chronic respiratory disease, or abnormal cravings for sweets. The chemical remains stable when exposed to heat, basic, or acidic conditions. Since it is stable under high heat, manufacturers use Acesulfame K potassium to use in baking and extending shelf life. This artificial sweetener has a slight bitter aftertaste, but companies are using this with sodium ferulate to mask the bitterness.”
I don’t really have to be a scientist or do too much research to get the feeling that this ingredient is not intended to be digested in the human body.
How to spot the sugar? Here’s a list of added sugars to drinks. How to spot the sugar-tasting-non-sugar ingredients? Ask the shady company who sells it.
60% of kids between 8-10 has at least 1 heart condition! WHAT?! It is mind-boggling when others find out you aren’t buying oreos for your kids; they will think you aren’t allowing them to “live.” But don’t you think it’s the other way around?
What percentage of parents thinks their kids are normal or underweight? 75% Holy cow?! But let’s face it; if everyone’s doing the same thing, looking and feeling the same way, isn’t that normal? Yep. Is this kind of normal ok? nope.