Poisons in Your Kid's Food
by Christine H.
Many additives in the food you feed your kids may be very dangerous to
their health. But you'd never know it if you believed the claims of
healthy ingredients on the packaging.
Take, for example, breakfast cereals. They are
with sugar, hydrogenated oils and artificial food colorings. Sugar can
cause hyperactivity, fatigue, depression, tooth decay, B-vitamin
deficiency and indigestion. Hydrogenated oils are associated with heart
disease, cancer and elevated cholesterol. These diseases, associated
with old age, actually can start in childhood when kids eat
hydrogenated oils and other foods that contribute to these diseases.
Artificial food colorings are some of the worst additives found in
foods and are most abundantly found in foods made to appeal to kids,
like cereals, candy, gelatin desserts, fruit drinks and soft drinks.
The worst are Blue No. 1, Blue No. 2, Citrus Red No. 2, Green No. 3,
Red No. 3 and Yellow No. 6. Some of these colors are carcinogenic,
cause tumors in lab animals and are not adequately tested.
If your child has asthma, eating raisins, dried
or some other dried fruit that contains sulfites may cause her attacks.
Sulfites were banned in 1985 on most fruits and vegetables, but are
still allowed on fresh-cut potatoes, dried fruits and wine. They can
cause severe allergic reactions and have even caused death in
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and free glutamate are
enhancers considered safe by the FDA. MSG may cause a variety of
symptoms, including headaches, itching, high blood pressure and
allergic reactions. Free glutamate, the active ingredient in MSG, may
cause dizziness, shortness of breath, headaches, drowsiness and even
brain damage, especially in children. Because of bad publicity, food
manufacturers found ways to hide MSG in foods they produce. They list
the ingredients that contain MSG but not the MSG itself. Or they use
free glutamates instead of MSG. For example, broth may be listed as an
ingredient on a label. Broth may contain MSG, but the ingredients in
the broth are not required to be listed on the label. Hydrolyzed soy
protein, a common ingredient in tuna, is high in free glutamates, but
does not contain MSG. The label can legally say no MSG.
Even if the label says "all natural ingredients"
preservatives," the product could contain harmful additives. Almost all
packaged foods, even so called "health foods", have additives in them,
and many are harmful or inadequately tested. The manufacturer hopes
you'll think these are healthy natural products, but if you read the
list of ingredients, you'll find ingredients that are not common food
items. If you learn to interpret food labels, you'll find that many of
these ingredients are harmful or of questionable safety.
So, how do you know which foods are really safe to
eat? Dr. Christine Farlow, in her handy pocket-sized book, FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's
Safe & What's Not,
now in its 2004 revised edition, makes it easy to identify which
additives are harmful and which are not. She classifies over 800
commonly used food additives according to safety, whether they may
cause allergic reactions and if they are Generally Recognized As Safe
(GRAS) by the FDA. In just seconds, the average person can find out if
an additive in the food they're buying is harmful to their health. It's
clear, concise and easy to use. Make this book your constant grocery
shopping companion and you'll never again wonder about the safety of
the ingredients listed on the package. You'll know.
Dr. Christine H.
Farlow, D.C. is a
chiropractor, nutritionist and author. She has helped thousands improve
their health through nutrition. For more information on food additives
and healthy eating, visit http://www.healthyeatingadvisor.com
or contact Dr. Farlow.
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