The greatest gift we can give our children is a healthy diet when they are young. They may grow up and eventually discard any diet we impose, but by protecting them from chemical laden, nutritionally hollow, sugary, or salty foods their body has time to build a strong immune system and internal organs that will carry them well into old age. If we provide them with low quality adulterated foods when young their bodily functions are compromised and begin to break down at a much earlier age. By feeding them a fast food diet, we also teach them bad eating habits that will burden them for the rest of their lives.
It’s easy to fall into the habit of a poor diet raising children. With our fast-paced lifestyle and two income households there is usually little time to cook three meals a day, so pre-cooked and easily prepared convenience foods are hard to resist. Peer pressure to eat candy and junk food is ever present and virtually irresistible to young children through TV marketing. Day care and the public-school system where our children eat once or twice a day are more concerned with economy and profit than healthy food.
The scientific/medical community largely resist the obvious ill effects of a poor diet simply because it’s many aspects haven’t been scientifically proven. While this proof is being sought independently, food corporations are busy with their own propaganda studies that obfuscate the issues in their attempt to protect their profit and market share.
At the very least, most of the food we eat and feed our children should be food that supports health. Three times a day or more we are presented with an opportunity to sustain and even build our family’s health. We create our future health every time we put something in our mouths. Do we want a family that is addicted to the nutritionally hollow and destructive effects of fast food, junk food, and convenience food? Or do we want to provide our loved ones with unadulterated food that supports health and provides them with a healthy future?