This isn't exactly a list of unhealthy food, but it is a true story that I will share with you about unhealthy food and how it invades our lives.
Summer is so much fun with picnics, parties, fairs and the beach. However, good health is missing. What I see happening to our youth at such activities is disturbing. In fact, so many of these activities are for our younger people. Yesterday, my family and I had the opportunity to go to a small festival hosted by the police department in a neighboring city.
My impression of the Cops and Kids festival was to have fun with the police officers and to share with the children how to practice safety. The kids did have fun with everything from the dunk tank to the tug-of-war, and we appreciate the work of everyone involved to put it on. However, one major thing was ignored: they were not teaching children how to eat safely for good health.
The children were offered foods and drinks laced with chemicals, additives and preservatives, and the list of unhealthy food goes on. Here is a sample of some of the “goodies” from vendors that were shared with the children:
Yes, I guess I could keep my kids away from all of it (not an easy task, by the way), but what about the other children and adults who aren't aware of this health challenge? The chemicals, sugars and preservatives in these foods contribute to learning disorders, ADD, obesity, high cholesterol and even cancer.
The lack of good health foods is not unusual at festivals; I even see it happening in my children’s classrooms at school. They are served a snack that is harmful to their capacity to learn.
Some items on the list of unhealthy foods are fruit roll-ups, fruit drinks, apple sauce with added sugar and fruit gummies. They have fruit in them so society thinks they are healthy, but they are not always. Many contain mostly sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring and flavoring, and trans fats (aka hydrogenated oils).
It's time we wake up and take notice. Let’s start reading labels. I know you can’t read a label at a fair or festival but start doing it while you are shopping and you will soon get the idea and find what is on the list of unhealthy foods. You can keep your home filled with good, healthy food. When you find any of the following ingredients, it is time to put that food item on the list of unhealthy foods:
Start taking control of your family’s health. Be an informed consumer. Eat good healthy whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Let’s get away from feeding ourselves the processed food that is detrimental to our health.