Sunday, October 28, 2007
That's what my father in-law calls me. He's of the 60's "chemicals make the world a better place" mindset. I've been struggling with my in-laws for years, they will not respect my choice to feed my kids additive free foods. On Friday, my kids went to Grandma's to practice basketball, Grandpa ran out to the store to pick-up "their favorite chips" tato skins. I've never bought them, so being my kids favorite was news to me. I looked at the bag, no surprise there were so many chemical additives and preservatives (many I could not pronounce). I tried in vain to convince them that the stuff they are feeding my kids is dangerous. I found a web site that gives the effects of additives on children and people with allergies. I'm hoping they will come around with more information. It may not seem like a big deal afterall, they don't eat those things often. However, because they are not used to the chemicals and additives, the effects are worse for them. If my kids consume artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup, they literally go bezerk. MSG and other flavor enhancers cause headaches and dehydration. Their little bodies can't handle it. They get stomach aches and end up feeling bad for a day. I looked up an additive called TBHQ (it's in French's fried onions) it keeps the fat from oxidizing. It's linked to stomach ulcers that lead to cancer and actually alter the DNA of the test rats. Please read you lables! If you can't buy organic, choose a product with the most natural ingredients and the fewest additives. Food Police signing out!