People are fond of munching processed foods most of the time. These are easy to prepare, if they require any preparation in the first place, while most of them are sort of ‘ready-made’. However, processed foods are the last thing you should be willing to put on the table if you really understood what they actually capable of doing to your health.
Simple sugars increase inflammatory markers in your blood while the “complex carbohydrate fiber (but not starches), such as that found in fruits and vegetable, appear to reduce inflammation”
Another contributor to modern diet-induced immune dysfunction may be the increased consumption of omega-6 fats (found in vegetable oils) in lieu of omega-3 fats
Recent animal and cell-culture models have found that elements in gluten may stimulate inflammation and disrupt your immune system
In animal models, the combination of pesticide-producing GM corn and pesticide-resistant GM soy led to increased rates of severe stomach inflammation
The over-abundance of many processed and biologically incompatible foods in the typical Western diet simultaneously enhance inflammation while muting your immune system’s ability to respond to and ultimately control infections.
This is why I recommend a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods along with cultured or fermented foods. If, for whatever reason, you are not consuming fermented foods at least a few times a week, it’s wise to consider supplementation with a high-quality probiotic supplement.
When you eat too many grains, sugars, and processed foods, these foods serve as “fertilizer” for pathogenic microorganisms and yeast, causing them to rapidly multiply. One of the best things you can do for your health, including your digestive health, is eliminate sugars and processed foods as much as possible.
When your kids grow to school age, you expect the best from their studies, counting on them to perform impressively and make you a proud parent. What you should understand is that you have a major role to alleviate any disappointment from your kid failing to perform in studies, just go slow on giving them processed foods. These foods could be killing their learning ability slowly.
Parents would certainly be well advised to pay heed, as you do not need to be a rocket scientist to realize that poor nutrition will ultimately have an adverse effect on performance—both physical and mental.
Nutritional deficiencies early on in life can also lead to deficits in brain function that puts your child at risk of behavioral problems — from hyperactivity to aggression — that can last into the teenage years and beyond. According to the lead author:9
“There’s a lot of evidence that fast food consumption is linked to childhood obesity, but the problems don’t end there. Relying too much on fast food could hurt how well children do in the classroom…
We’re not saying that parents should never feed their children fast food, but these results suggest fast food consumption should be limited as much as possible.”
Drinks are the in thing almost all the time, at parties, at dinner, exercise, whenever you feel like taking a sip you rush for a bottle or glass. But have you ever noticed that there are some drinks you should not be drinking as much as you do? Well, you may have to be careful the next time you reach for that can at the supermarket, because you may be quenching your thirst with the wrong drink.
Capri Sun Roaring Waters
You are reading that correctly, it does contain water…BUT, it also contains HFCS and artificial sweeteners. Let’s come to terms with the fact that Natural Flavor really isn’t natural at all. I used to give this to my kids thinking it was just flavored water. WOW! When I started reading labels this NEVER came back into my house again.
Capri Sun 25% less sugar Fruit Punch
This has 16g of sugar even after it makes you think it’s the better choice. It’s hard to say how much sugar a child is supposed to consume because of the large age range of children. A good rule of thumb is to stay under 15 grams of sugar a day (for a child 10 or under). This drink is mainly water and HFCS and concentrated juices (processed juice).
My kids used to suck these down 2-3 a day. I will say they have changed the ingredient profile a little bit since 2010, but it’s still mainly milk and sugar. Each TINY little smoothie container is 14 grams. The ingredients at the end of the list are preservatives and food additives.