What Are You Feeding My Kids?

From the moment I became pregnant I carefully chose my foods, knowing that each bite would fuel my growing baby. I didn't want to start my baby's life on processed and empty calorie foods. I truly believed that I was building a foundation for growth. When my children were born I continued feeding carefully. I introduced my babies to organic, whole foods. I stayed away from sugars and chemicals.

My children have grown up enjoying these foods and have never known anything different. My feeling was that especially in the younger years I should offer them the very best; knowing that as they got older other choices may seem more appealing. When they don't know any different, I figure why not give them only nutritious power foods. I don't want my kids to feel deprived. When they go to a party, they eat cake like everyone else. But truth be told, my seven year old has never been to McDonald's.

Our children are the first generation to ever be told that they will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Childhood obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic proportion. Cancers and disease are increasing with more research indicating correlation to foods. Knowing this, how can we not feed our children good foods?

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Recently, I noticed my children being exposed to a variety of foods that I would not recommend. The providers at school or at play dates mean no harm. They probably think these foods are OK. Here's why they are not.

Hydrogenated Oils and Trans Fats

These are artificially manufactured fats. There is nothing wrong with fat. In fact it is essential to health. However, trans fat will damage cell membranes, block essential fatty acids (good fats) and promote disease. You will see hydrogenated oils in almost all packaged food. Manufacturers love it as it provides good taste and a long shelf life. If it says trans fat or hydrogenated, don't eat it.

Fried Foods

Fried foods such as potato chips, corn chips and French fries put damaged fats in your children's body. The extreme heat damages the fat and causes free radicals to release in the body. This can cause cell damage and disease. These kinds of fried foods can also release carcinogens in the body.

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