Monday, June 14, 2010

You're Not Supposed to Outlive Your Kids

Hi Friends! Todays blog is about food that is marketed as healthy, but is actually very harmful to your health. Many of these products are targeted towards children, and I think that's pretty sickening. Okay... Ramen has never been marketing as healthy, but I think that some parents may not be aware of how bad the ingredients are in these products. It is upsetting that many parents buy these products for their families, and do not even look at the ingredients or pay attention to what they are actually feeding their children. These ingredients are the cause of diabetes, obesity, and other future health problems. 

First, let's talk about GoGurt. What pisses me off is that I could not find the ingredients for GoGurt anywhere on their site. I had to search and search the internet to find out that it contains many harmful ingredients including sugar, high fructose corn syrup, kosher gelatin, natural and artificial flavors, yellow#5, and blue#1. First of all.... sugar and high fructose corn syrup? Why do we need two types of sugars? Also, do you know what gelatin is? It's made from the collagen inside an animals' skin and bones. Oh, but this is kosher gelatin - Well, then that's okay, right? No, it does not make a difference... that's crazy talk.  I found this article about GoGurt and how it contains more sugar that a coca-cola. Well, that's just awesome! 

Okay... Ramen noodles.... first of all... the noodles are deep fried! That should be enough said right there. But no worries... I'll indulge you with more information.... the noodles also contain cottonseed oil and a bunch of other ingredients I cannot pronounce. The packet contains: Salt, MSG, chicken powder (how is chicken powder even made?), sugar, natural and artificial flavors, and more ingredients I can't pronounce. 

Cottonseed Oil is a natural toxin and contains pesticide residue. Here is an article that explains how bad this is for you. Why would you let your kids ingest this?

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) can cause migraines, numbness, chest pain, nausea.... read more about it here. 

One of my favorites is Chex Cereal: Whole Grain Wheat, Sugar, Salt, Molasses, Trisodium Phosphate, BHT added to preserve freshness. Wow.... that sounds really healthy... sugar, salt, molasses, and some other ingredients that sound like diseases. Awesome! 

Then, there are Lunchables. The easy go to lunch for kids so you don't have to pack it yourself. You can see I posted the ingredients to the left. Look at all of those ingredients! This drives me crazy! Smoke Flavor, Carmel Color, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Guar Gum! What happened to a good old fashioned home made sandwich with natural ingredients? These are some of the worst things that you can feed your kids. Did you watch Jaime Oliver's Food Revolution? Jaime Oliver refers to feeding your kids these types of products as child abuse.  

Who came up with 100 Calorie Snacks? What a genius idea! It's like someone said; What should we do with all of these leftover ingredients that no one wants to eat anymore? Oh I about we figure out how much adds up to 100 calories, and that will trick people into thinking it's healthy, and sell it!  This 100 cal snack to the right will kill you.... it's full of trans fat, cottonseed oil, msg, etc.

The list goes on and on: Cool Whip, Honey Nut Cherrios, Chex Mix, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Fruit Roll Ups, Juicy Juice... all of these products are just awful. Start paying attention to the ingredients and do yourself a favor and don't consume these products. Make healthy choices for your kids early in life so they don't get addicted to these products, and so they will be more inclined to crave, buy, and cook healthier food as they grow and mature. When you know exactly what you are putting into your body you feel better, look better, and are more confident. Knowing you are doing the same for your children will lighten up your life.

One last thing: Do you know what's in your orange juice? I bet you have no idea. Watch this video and find out!

What are some quick and healthy meals that you make your kids? Are there any products that I forgot to mention that you would like to add to this list? Make a comment or  Email Me  me, I'd love to hear from you. 

Namaste, Monica

PS. Stop buying soda for your kids. Have you ever seen how a soda cleans the corrosion off of a car battery? Why would you do that to your intestines? Stop drinking soda!


Ron said...

Yeah, this stuff is horrible for the kids. I buy my son Honest Kids drink pouches. Or just give him 100% juice diluted. These processed foods are horrible!

Corey said...

Yea I stopped drinking soda and only drink water and beer now :)

Monica said...

Wine is good too!

Andrea said...

I love this, and I agree...there is a lot of CRAP targeted toward kids! I buy a lot of Annie's Homegrown, Cascadian Farms and Yummy Earth products for my daughter to avoid all of this processed junk.

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