Helping kids make Healthier Choices In Numbers!



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Food associations are made at a very young age. When we force kale down our children’s throat, remember, they will never touch it again when they have the choice.

Solution? Help kids make the choice themselves, equip them with knowledge. Kids are very logical and absorb a lot of information through our words, actions and choices!

Important numbers when helping kids to make healthy choices:

  • 5-10... Kids form strong food preferences between the ages of 5-10.
  • 25... According to the American Heart Association, kids should consume less than 25 grams or 6 tablespoons of “added-sugar” daily to prevent a possible sugar addiction, hyperactivity and low immunity in kids.  
  • 8... According to the American Heart Association, kids should drink no more than 8 ounces of “added-sugar” beverages weekly to prevent obesity and diabetes in kids.
  • #40, #6, #1... Artificial colors Red #40, Yellow #6 and Blue #1, are used in many foods leading to hyperactivity, lack of attention, sleep problems, mood swings among other things in kids. This one goes a long way when they try to pick the rainbow. Help them see what fruits naturally form a rainbow in the shopping cart.
  • 5,000... Processed foods could contain an estimated 5,000 different additives. These represent the number of additives allowed to be added to foods, per the Federal Drug Administration(FDA). For kids, these additives cause compromised immune systems, allergies, nausea, diarrhea, etc.
  • 50%... More than 50% of our diets in the US is comprised of processed foods. This may be even higher for kids. A kid’s diet comprised mostly of processed foods can lead to obesity, diabetes, compromised immune systems and allergies.  
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Kids’ bodies are still developing, their taste buds are experimenting. Remember, they don't know any food until someone introduces it to them. So start young, start fresh, use logic and lead by example!



What's in your Flavored Yogurt?

I cannot talk enough about the nasty ingredients in pre packaged food. Below is one such example of "Well intentioned poor eating"

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This is a yogurt most kids bring to school or eat after school and parents love the "fruit yogurt" for the calcium and fruit it adds to their child's body. Let's take a peak at some of the ingredients.

1. Modified Corn Starch: Modified corn starch is nothing but a chemically altered derivative of corn that is added due to its thickening property. This may NOT  be a gluten free product and can be supplemented by food starch from; wheat, potato, rice, or tapioca (Read more here: http://bit.ly/2lhsqZj)

Modified corn starch often contains about 10% maltodextrin, which is a common keyword used by industry to hide the presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG). (Read more here: http://bit.ly/2kKbJ8r)

2. Natural Flavor: We often are quick to read the labels and put food items back on shelf when they say 'artificial', but we think 'natural' is good. 'Natural' in reality does not mean anything on food labels. Have you ever seen a strawberry saying "natural strawberry flavor"? No. Because it is common sense!

When using words like natural flavoring, you might be getting possibly anything in your food. It could excitotoxins (http://bit.ly/2jZCqBl) that can make you crave that food more and more-it becomes addictive. Makes sense as to why no one ever craves 'carrots' and they would crave a pack of chips!

3. Sugar: What does reduced sugar mean? Nothing-it means they had over 25 gms of sugar in their pack earlier and now it is 18 gms. Way more than what a child should be consuming in one meal (and this is a snack item).

Alternative?

FRUIT YOGURT

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INGREDIENTS:

Full Fat Plain Greek Yogurt, Frozen Strawberries, Frozen Banana, Frozen Mango or any fruit of your choice, Fresh banana for texture and sweetness and small amount honey (optional).  

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix together in blender.  To avoid runny yogurt, blend the fruit first and mix with the yogurt second.