Healthy Eating for Kids, Lunch Ideas for School and how to get kids to eat healthy

Healthy Eating for Kids

Promoting healthy eating for kids is a tough task these days – especially when trying to come up with small lunch ideas for school.  School lunch ideas suggested by grocery stores these days are nothing short of horrendous.  Bagged, boxed, canned and plastic-wrapped cornucopia of lunch options that are ready to consume in 3 minutes after pulling them off the pantry shelf seem to be a convenient and time-saving option.  But they are also a primary reason for a variety of health problems kids experience from very early days.  What is the secret to keeping children healthy?  Is there an option to get your kids to eat healthy meals in the age when even adults cannot be reasoned with and […]

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Importance of reading ingredient lists and nutrition labels – Part II

(Continued from Part I here) Sodium While there might be various dangerous sources of sodium, such as monosodium glutamate (or MSG) or a plethora of sodium-containing food additives, such as sodium benzoate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, sodium nitrite and sodium acid pyrophosphate – all of which should be avoided completely, Sodium Chloride (or table salt) is the primary source of sodium in processed foods – it’s a preservative and dehydration agent so it is heavily used to inhibit bacterial activity (bacteria need water to survive and multiply).  And packaged foods usually have a lot of it. Sodium has been blamed in the past for high blood pressure, but recent studies show that this might have been a bit overstated – […]

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Importance of reading ingredient lists and nutrition labels – Part I

It never ceases to amaze me how many people still don’t pay any attention whatsoever to what they eat, despite the fact that even the most stubborn medical minds acknowledge that our diets control pretty much everything that happens in our body – diseases, performance, longevity, mood – you name it.  This is even more discouraging, given that a lot of that information is available to consumers – you just have to put two and two together (and, perhaps, know what to look for).  This article will discuss the caveats of nutrition labels and ingredient lists – what to look for, what to avoid, and how not to fall prey to sneaky marketing tactics used by some food manufacturers. This […]

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