According to Brenda Watson, C.N.C. a New York Times best selling author, we need to take a second look at the processed food snacks we give our kids. In her book DETOX Strategy she states there are more than three thousand man-made chemicals added to food products for various given reasons: texture, taste, color, appearance, odor, flavor, or just to get you addicted. Of thousands of chemicals only a few have been tested in combination and can be potentially toxic to you.
I love her findings on “Twinkies”. We all ate them right, and were still around to talk about it? After you read this you’ll realize your kids aren’t eating the same foods you grew up with. This is a paragraph from her book:
When baker James Dewar invented the Twinkie in 1930, he used real ingredients-flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, eggs, and cream. Today’s Twinkie has morphed into a scientific experiment; while Twinkies still do contain traces of the original ingredients, they also hold thirty-seven other ingredients that you won’t find in your pantry. The creamy white filling is made mostly from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and/or beef fat; polysorbate 60 is added to it, which is a gooey substance derived from corn, palm oil, and petroleum that helps replace cream and eggs at a fraction of the cost. Cellulose gum gives the filling a smooth, slippery feel. To get that vanilla flavor, they create it artificially in petrochemical plants. The cake part contains the emulsifier lecithin, a chemical that mimics the taste of butter (the real stuff would go rancid on a store shelf), and artificial dyes that give the cake the golden look of eggs. Sorbic acid, the only actual preservative in Twinkies, comes from petroleum.
WOW!……. You can’t get much more processed than that.
Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, what do you think? I think we ought to look for better alternatives for our kid’s snacks. Fruits and vegetables would be the ideal snack, but let’s get real kids are going to want their cookies and crackers. I’ve found Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies are a great alternative to the leading cheddar crackers and I like the look of their ingredients, I can read them! For those beginner eaters, Cascadian Farms has a great organic O’s cereal with no GMOs. Your baby won’t know the difference from the leading brand and they’re better for them.
It would be best to avoid them all together but let’s face it, kids and processed foods are here to stay. There are some better alternatives. Keep it organic and just ask yourself “Can I read the ingredients?”
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