We all try our best to give our children the best we can. We love them with all our hearts and want to do all we can to thrive and succeed in life. Now the holidays are coming to an end, our thoughts come back to the school lunchbox we will have to prepare. At roughly 200 a year per child, this is by no means an easy feat.
We must look at really what IS best for our children. We are told in the media and through advertising all the amazing convenient products are available and how healthy they are. The reality is very different. Foods high in sugars, toxic forms of fats, as well as high in salt and many additives are being sold to us as healthy and then eaten by our children. The effect is unbalanced energy, lack of concentration and lowered immune function. Increasingly children are also being diagnosed with behavioural issues such as ADD and ADHD, changing the diet may actually make such an impact that medication may no longer need to be considered.
The food we eat plays such an integral part of how our bodies and brains grow and function. We are physically and mentally made up of what we put in our mouths. Junk in = Junk out, or properly prepared whole foods in and a high functioning body as a result.
Below are three boxes full of ingredients. These are from typical lunchboxes. Can you guess what is in each lunch box?
1. Cheese Spread [Cheddar cheese (48%) (milk, salt, starter culture), water, margarine (vegetable fats and oils, water, salt, milk solids, emulsifiers[soy lecithin, 471], antioxidants[304, 307b from soy]), whey powder (milk), milk mineral, mineral salts (339, 452), onion powder (0.8%), flavour, preservative (234)].Cracker [wheat flour, vegetable fats and oils [antioxidants (307, 307b from soy)], wholemeal wheat flour, sugar, wheat bran, invert syrup, salt, raising agents (503, 500), poppy seeds, wheatgermPotatoes, sunflower oil, canola oil, food acids(sodium diacetate, citric acid), lactose (milk), salt, mineral salt (potassium chloride), sugar, flavour enhancer (621), dextrose, natural flavours. Sugar, Fruit (40%) [Raspberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Boysenberry, Blackcurrant], Gelling Agent (Fruit Pectin), Food Acid (Citric), Natural Colour (Grape Juice Concentrate) Wheat Flour, Water, Soy Fibre, Baker’s Yeast, Wheat Gluten, Vinegar, Iodised Salt, Vegetable Gum (412), Soy Flour, Canola Oil, Tuna Oil (0.05%) (Contains Fish, Soy), Milk Protein (Sodium Caseinate), Emulsifiers (481, 471, 472e), Vitamins (Thiamin, Folate, Vitamin E, Niacin, Vitamin B6), Minerals (Iron, Zinc). Sunflower Seed Oil (34%), Water, Vegetable Oils, Salt, Milk Solids, Emulsifiers (471, Soy Lecithin), Preservative (202), Food Acid (Lactic Acid), Natural Colours (Annatto, Curcumin), Vitamins (A, D), Natural Flavours.
2. Water, Vegetable Oils, Phytosterol Esters (8% Plant Sterols), Gelatin, Salt, Emulsifiers (471, Soy Lecithin), Milk Solids, Food Acid (Lactic Acid), Preservative (202), Natural Flavours, Vitamins (A, D), Natural Colour (B-Carotene). Wheat Flour, Water, Mixed Grains (17% Minimum) (Kibbled Wheat, Kibbled Triticale, Kibbled Rye, Oats), Linseed, Kibbled Soy, Yeast Vinegar, Wheat Gluten, Iodised Salt, Canola Oil, Soy Flour, Vegetable Emulsifier (481, 471, 472e), Malted Barley Flour, Vitamins (Thiamin, Folic Acid). Pork (85%), Acidity Regulators (326, 325, 262), Cure [Salt, Sucrose, Mineral Salts (450, 451), Dextrose (Maize or Tapioca), Sugar, Antioxidant (316), Preservative (250), Natural Flavour], Vegetable Gum (407). Pasteurised Milk, Salt, Starter Culture, Non Animal Rennet Skim Milk, Sugar, Strawberry (5%), Cream (From Milk), Thickeners (1442 (From Tapioca), 440, 410), Milk Solids, Mineral (Calcium Phosphate), Reconstituted Elderberry Juice, Acidity Regulators (330, 331), Natural Flavours, Enzyme (Lactase), Firming Agent (509), Live Cultures (Contains B. Lactics), Vitamin D. Rice Flour, Rice Bran Oil, Maltodextrin, Salt, Food Acid (260), Flavour Enhancers (627, 631), Antioxidant (307), Anticaking Agent (341).
3. Chicken, duck fat, pink himalayan salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, Lettuce, tomato, avocado, cucumber, capsicum, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, vinegar, salt, egg. banana, egg, spinach, tomato, pork, salt coconut goji berries.
Number 1. Tip Top white bread with flora margarine and IXL fruits of the forest jam, a mini packet of Smiths salt and vinegar chips and an Arnott’s Le snack, French onion.
Number 2. Helga’s multi grain bread with light Proactive margarine, Primo English ham and Woolworths tasty cheese. A Calciyum strawberry yogurt pouch and a mini packet of Pekish salt and vinegar rice crackers.
Number 3. Homemade roast chicken with capsicum lettuce tomato cucumber and avocado with homemade mayonnaise. A banana and a fritter with nitrate free (preservative free and sugar free) bacon spinach and tomato. Another little snack of toasted coconut flakes and dried goji berries.
Over the next week we are going to show you how to navigate your way through food packaging and labels. We will show you why avoiding certain things is imperative and we will also give you easy meal ideas for your children’s lunch boxes. All things which will add to their health and well-being.
Until next week.
In Good Health,
Chloe Brooks. Nutritional Therapist.