by diana on July 15, 2010

in Healthy Snacks, Food & Recipes for Kids


Thanks to all who commented on my post about Children’s Cereals and the “JUNK” they are made up of. I have also spoken a lot about the Feingold Diet that has helped so many children recover from ADHD, ADD and various other health conditions and behavioral problems.


Below is a quote from The Cancer Project Web site:

It only appears like real food

“Dietitians Name Five Worst Packaged Kids Meals; Lunchables Maxed Out Cracker Combo Ham and Cheddar Tops the “Bad List”"

Read more about this report from the above link.

If food can sit on a shelf and not be refrigerated how can it be safe to eat? Just like boxed milks in tetra packs – please don’t purchase those either. Think about it? Should any kind of milk be able to sit on counter for days and not go in the fridge?

We must use common sense. These packaged foods and drinks may be convenient but they are affecting the health, behavior and brains of everyone who consumes them.

The FDA may approve them but please don’t be fooled by that.

Below is information I got from the web site

We need to eliminate from our diet:

  • Artificial (synthetic coloring)
  • Artificial (synthetic) flavoring
  • Aspartame (Nutrasweet & any other artificial sweetener – even when they say it comes from “natural” sources)
  • Artificial (synthetic) preservatives BHA, BHT, TBH!

Where Do Dyes Come From?

The red color you see in “fruit punch”, the green in a green jello and a blue you may see in a new blue oatmeal (come on – seriously – blue oatmeal!?). These are made from petroleum (crude oil) which is also the source for gasoline.

You will find them on the ingredient labels, listed as “Yellow No. 5″, “Red 40″, “Blue #1″, etc. The label may say “FD&C” before the number. That means “Food, Drug & Cosmetics.” When you see a number listed as “D&C” in a product, such as “D&C Red #33″ it means that this coloring is considered safe for medicine (drugs) and cosmetics, but not for food.

What are Artifical Flavorings?

They are combinations of many chemicals, both natural and synthetic. An artificial flavoring may be composed of hundreds of separate chemicals, and there is no restriction on what a company can use to flavor food.

One source for imitation vanilla flavoring (called “vanillin”) is the waste product of paper mills. Some companies built factories next to the pulp mills to turn the undesirable by-product into imitation flavoring, widely used in many cookies, candies and other foods.

What are BHA, BHT and TBHQ?

Those initials stand for 3 major preservatives found in many foods, especially in the US. Like the dyes, they are made from petroleum (crude oil). Often, they are not listed in the ingredients.

These chemicals may be listed as “anti-oxidants” (such a crime!) because they prevent the fats in foods from “oxidizing” or becoming rancid (spoiling). There are many natural, beneficial anti-oxidants,  but they are much more expensive than the synthetic versions.

Other food additives to stay away from are MSG, sodium benzoate, nitrites, sulfites, just to name a few.

Food additives are not new. They have been around for more than 100 years. But…..we did not consume them as often as we do now. Candies were a treat and not something people ate in huge quantities every day. Also, back in the “good old days” we also used to eat more real, home-cooked food. The fast food that people consume now contain dyes, colorings, flavorings, preservatives, fillers, etc, etc.  A&W hamburger patties actually contain red dye!

PLEASE READ ALL LABELS on any food item, candy, dessert, etc you buy. Better yet – do not even buy packaged foods. Be aware and remember that there are some things that don’t have to be included in the ingredients (even things that are harmful to us).

Packaged foods are more convenient but they are not food. Not food in the sense that they do not supply our body with nutrition that it needs to be healthy, to function properly, to keep our brain healthy, to help our children grow and develop properly. Only REAL food and nutrients can do that.

If anyone says they are too busy to prepare real food then I think something has to change. We have a responsibility to ourself, our children and our family.

I will be posting some healthy snack and lunch ideas in upcoming posts. Sorry if I seem harsh in this post but it is obviously something I am very passionate about.



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