What Are You Feeding Your Children?
Just a few days ago, the kids and I stopped in at a McDonalds to grab some grub and go home. Easier and faster than cooking, and we had already had a busy day.
No biggie, right!?
Then, due to a science experiment by my 5th grader, I started to rethink some of my food choices. Not that long ago, I wrote an article about who was responsible for making our children fat or unhealthy. Most readers agreed that it was the parents’ responsibility to feed our children properly. But sometimes, we just don’t know what we are really giving our kids.
Check out this experiment, which was very similar to the one that my 5th grader had to do in science class. In the experiment, fast foods are preserved for a long period of time to document the changes. And as you will see, the changes are limited. The bread is not fuzzy. The meat is not moldy. And seriously, flies and bugs won’t touch this stuff for anything. That is certainly something you cannot say about a banana you leave outside, right?
I have never been a big proponent of organic foods. But after watching organic fruit and non-organic fruit lying on a table for the same length of time with drastically different results, I have to say I am thinking a little more about going organic.
Why do the non-organic fruits and veggies last so much longer that their organic sisters? Like, a week longer?
The answer seems clear. Chemicals.
Food producers use chemicals to preserve even the healthiest foods we eat so that they have a longer shelf life. This is supposed to save us money. Food producers also use genetically altered seeds and plants (GMO's) to make our food live longer. And all of this equates to more chemicals being put into our bodies: preservatives and glutens and of course lots of extra sugar, pesticides, and insecticides. Eventually, after eating these foods long enough, it is only natural that they will build up in our bodies (which aren’t equipped to handle them) and cause abnormal cells and disease.
I have not made an entire switch to natural or living foods. I am 100% positive that I will take my kids through a drive through again (although not in the very near future). And yes, I shop on a budget and the natural and organic foods tend to cost quite a bit more than their processed counterparts. All of that being said; these experiments do have me thinking. And you should too.
Whatever IT is that keeps these foods from molding and rotting, whatever it is that keeps a non-organic apple from rotting after several weeks, is a chemical that you are probably unknowingly putting in your own and your children’s bodies.
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