Feeding our children is about so much more than just filling their bellies. It’s about providing nourishing food that will help fuel their growing bodies, brains and even emotional selves. They need the proper nutrients to perform well, maintain health, fight disease and become healthy adults.
Unfortunately, the standard American diet that we feed ourselves, and our children, tends to be high in processed foods, partially-hydrogenated oils, refined carbohydrates, toxic chemicals and low in nutrients.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average child over the age of two consumes 3,400mg of sodium per day; 1,300mg over the recommended amount.
Parents need to monitor regularly the composition and the variations of the types of foods their kids eat so as to remain healthy. the article below reveals all the dietary nutrients to avoid. Get the scoop below :
Another study published by the USDA showed that most school-aged children follow a diet that is low in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and high in both sodium and saturated fats. Approximately 18 percent of school-aged children are overweight and an additional 15 percent were categorized as at risk of becoming overweight. Besides the risk of becoming overweight, this type of diet can lead to a variety of health problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, liver disease, stroke, asthma, cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
Many of the pesticides that cover our foods also contribute to health problems among children. The Environmental Protection Agency states that children are especially sensitive to pesticides since their organs are still growing and developing, and in relation to their weight, they eat and drink more than adults, increasing their exposure to pesticides in both food and water. Consuming too many pesticides, which cover all fruits and vegetables unless they are certified organic, can also block the absorption of nutrients necessary for healthy growth.
A recent study showed that organic produce contains higher concentrations of antioxidants, while conventional foods are found to have higher concentrations of pesticides and the toxic metal cadmium.
One of the most commonly used pesticides, Organophosphate insecticide (OPs), has been found to be the worst culprit, and according to the Environmental Working Group, over one million children under the age of five consume it in unsafe amounts. Some of the foods most commonly eaten by children that expose them to OPs include apples, peaches, applesauce, popcorn, grapes, corn chips and apple juice.
A study out of Harvard published by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that even allowable amounts of a common pesticide could affect brain chemistry in a dramatic way. It was found that children with above average pesticide exposure were two times more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The condition affects about 4.5 million children in the U.S., and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.5 million take medication as treatment.
Watching and monitoring the food nutrients our kids take is vital to their health and bodily growth. As parents, we should strive at all times to prevent junky foods to help them stay helthy. The rest of the articles below stress more about that :