Thursday, January 27, 2011

Food for Thought Thursday - How Eating the Standard American Diet Now Affects Our Kids Later in Life

In a very powerful article from his website, Dr. Fuhrman shares new research that suggests that eating the Standard American Diet shapes kids' cellular structures to be more prone to cancer and other diseases later in life - and suggests that what we're feeding them now may be even more important than what they eat over the next 50 years!

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"As parents, we want what is best for our children. We would never intentionally harm them. In fact, we make sure to get them the best care we know, read to them at bedtime and insist they wear their seatbelts, but when it comes to children and food, somehow we don’t know what is the best thing to do. Our children seem finicky and only eat cheese, pasta, chicken fingers or milk and cookies. At the same time, we notice that they are frequently ill. They suffer from recurring ear infections, runny noses, stomachaches and headaches. We note their symptoms and haul them in to the doctor, who prescribes yet another round of antibiotics. All this is normal for children —right?

I can tell you from my experience that it doesn't have to be this way. We were fortunately to be fairly healthy before, but since switching to the plant-based diet that Dr. Furhman recommends, our health has improved beyond what I ever thought was possible. In this book, Disease-Proof Your Child, Dr. Fuhrman explains exactly what our kids should be eating for optimal health . . . and why it is so important.

"The most recent scientific evidence is both overwhelming and shocking. Apparently, what we feed or don’t feed our children during the growing years has a greater impact on the dietary contribution to cancers than does nutritional intake over the next 50 years. Today, it is known that both children of American descent and from developed countries consume less than 2% of their diet from natural plant foods such as fruits and vegetables. American children move into adulthood eating 90% of their calories from dairy products, white flour, sugar and oil. Amazingly, about 25% of toddlers between ages one and two eat no fruits and vegetables at all. By 15 months, French fries are the most common vegetable consumed in America! Have parents gone crazy?"

Want to know more??? Click here to read the full article.

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