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Looking At What We Feed Our Children At A Different Angle

Updated on September 6, 2016

The old adage, you are what you eat frequently becomes the motivator for many nutritionist. Leafing through the pages of nutrition books or surfing the internet parents come across the best food choices and their many benefits. Yet, many continue to feed their children foods that have no health value. There is a plethora of available information on healthy foods but a confinement of detrimental effects of poor food choices. Is it possible that looking at what we feed our children from a different perspective might motivate parents to eliminate certain foods from their children’s diet?

Trans fat and sugar

Many aggressively declare a little bit of fat can’t hurt anyone. Unfortunately, the many food selections on the market have more than “a little bit of fat”. Cookies, brownies, and pop tarts have more than the daily recommended content of fat. Surprisingly, experts aver that these snacks contain more fat than the average fast food burger. So for every cookie, brownie or sugar induced foods you give to your children you provide them with more than the daily recommended trans fat and sugar. The presence of such high content of fat and sugar undo any and all nutrient served that day. Not meeting the daily content can only mean your child’s eyes, and brain are not getting an accurate amount of nutrient to function at its peak. This of course can translate into a manifestation of low academic status.

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Let us look at some more of the side effects of too much sugar and fat in a diet. Too much fat ultimately leads to high cholesterol. High cholesterol means that the heart works three times harder to pump blood. Cholesterol ailment happens at adulthood hence most parents are not too concern about this issue. But, building towards your child’s future should not be limited to financial disposition, good health should also be just as important. Sugar distresses the eye sight, rots the teeth, slow brain functions, and is one of the leading factors in childhood obesity. Then there are diabetic ailments associated with too much sugar in the blood. Note, not only the heart works more, but other organs such as arteries, pancreas, and liver work just as hard.

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Soda and artificial drinks

Having soda or artificial juices as a regular part of your children’s liquid intake places them in the high statistics of becoming diabetic. Study done among young women showed that long term intake of soda increases their possibility of have rheumatoid arthritis at adulthood. Regular intake of soda also reduces your tooth enamel and eventually rots the teeth. When your children become adults their bladder will weaken from the daily drinking of soda. With repeated intake of carbonated drink your children will be at risk for pancreatic cancer.

Chips and process foods

These items are very high in sodium and preservatives that escalations the body’s blood pressure. This along with too much sugar result in a childhood obesity. An overweight child struggles not only with physical conditions but with low self-esteem. These physical and psychological defects impacts social interaction, and academic standing.

Here are some of the well-known ailments of too much sugar in the body:

One type of illness
Another type of illness
Eye problems
Diabetic type 1 and 2
Weaken heart/heart failure
Poor kidney functions
Possible blindness
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Here are some illnesses resulting from too much trans-fat and sodium in your body:

Trans fat impact
Sugar Impact
Heart disease
The raise of bad cholesterol
High blood pressure

When you compare the charts of the result of bad eating habits it becomes apparent that indulging your children with too much unhealthy foods will eventually cause them harm. Consequently, consider fruits, vegetable and proteins and look to your children to be a happier healthy persons.


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    • Flipsgeraldine profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvette Marshall 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      FlourishAnyway funny you should mention the reward habits of school, some school allow candy at snack time. It is indeed an up hill battle.

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      3 years ago from USA

      Oddly, when kids do well in school, the schools often reward them with a certificate for a free ice cream cone or Happy Meal at the local burger joint. It comes at you from so many different angles, although the intent is seemingly benign.


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