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Snap, Crackle, Stop

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As I watched the news this morning, I could not believe what I was seeing or hearing. Cocoa Puffs is immune boosting.  Helps to protect against the swine flu?I am not joking. It is right there on the box of cereal. This information, which was approved by the FDA, is proudly bannered on boxes of cereals that children and parents choose and consume each morning before school. It contains some increased immune boosting vitamins, but certainly not enough to establish wellness supporting nutrients. Then toss in the sugar and chemical preservatives that are added to this mix and what results, is immune lowering foods that weaken the biochemistry. This skillfully deceptive advertising has got to stop.

Donuts and neon colored drinks? Sugar coated cereals. It’s time to stop playing nutritional roulette with our children’s health; parents need to take charge and teach their children healthy eating habits!  Parents and children do not need to be misled by ambiguous and beguiling information. Kids today are absent-mindedly seduced by processed, sweetened, and empty caloric products, all of which harm their health. However, what is most concerning is that children prefer candy, chewing gum, soft drinks, ice cream and fast foods over healthier options like carrots, almond butter, grass fed meats and local free range eggs. If they are not being “supersized” by these poor choices, they are in turn, facing other astonishing health issues. Just take a look at the alarming statistics: the mortality rate in the United States ranks eighteenth among the industrialized nations and the birth defect rate in America has doubled since 1950.  Obesity has quadrupled since 1970 and failure to thrive, autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, diabetes, cancer, delayed development, depression, fatigue syndromes, anxiety are exponentially increasing in children and young adults.

It’s time for a change! Please speak out on this subject, share this information with your friends and family. Our children are our future. Let’s feed them well. Let’s feed them real, whole foods that are not packaged in sexy, glitzy boxes promising false hopes. By teaching kids how to treat their bodies well at an early age, they will be able to make healthy-eating decisions in the future.

Please click  here to watch the entire clip that was on the Today show this morning.

Please remember that what we eat is the centerpiece of good health and is related to how we care for our bodies, for our families and for our planet.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you think children’s cereal boxes are deceiving?

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12 Responses to “Snap, Crackle, Stop”

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