Kids who eat the SAD - a dietary pattern loaded with refined grains and cereals, dairy products and meat,with regular intake of sweets and oils and only token amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables - are not just more prone to colds, asthma, eczema and middle ear infections...
What we feed our kids in their growing years has a greater impact on their risk of adult cancers and heart disease, than what they will eat for the rest of their lives!
The evidence from research on eating patterns and health is overwhelming and conclusive:
Children who eat the most unrefined plant foods, have the lowest risk of cancer and heart disease when they grow up.
Children who eat the most animal products have the highest risk of developing breast and prostate cancer when they grow up.
Children who eat sweets and chocolate every day are more likely to have a criminal conviction for violence by the age of 34*.
* Brit J Psych (2009) 195: 366-367.
"But my child won't eat vegetables!"
You're not alone if you have this problem! But believe me, there are strategies that really WORK to get kids eating healthy foods, without meal-time battles, tears or bribery. As a mother of 2 children who LOVE fruits and vegetables, I have tonnes of tips to share with you!