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Get Children to Eat Healing Foods

For more information:

See Part One of this article, Food That Prevents and Heals Childhood Illnesses.

Top Ten Foods and Drinks for Cancer Prevention

Reduce your child’s risk from all sources of pollution, including foods: consult the resource appendix in Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill

True Food offers 8 simple, wise steps (in a visually appealing layout) for cooking, eating and cleaning in ways that are healthy for your family and the planet.  Washington, DC: National Geographic, by Annie E. Bond, Melissa Breyer, and Wendy Gordon, 2010.

Anticancer: A New Way of Life, Viking Press, by David Servan-Schrieber, September 2008.

Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, Ted Schettler et al, Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Science and Environmental Health Network, Boston, 2009.  The same nutritional advice that applies as we age applies to children.

Nuval.com rates food, applying an algorithm developed at the Yale Prevention Research Center, looking at over 30 factors to determine the score, including the calorie density and Omega 3 content.   Foods that score 100 are broccoli, blueberries, okra, orange, and green beans.

Feingold.org provides information on ingredients in manufactured foods, including a guide Healthier Food for Busy People.


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Alice Shabecoff

Alice Shabecoff is a freelance journalist focusing on family and consumer topics, and co-author of the recently published book Poisoned for Profit (Chelsea Green). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and International Herald Tribune, among other publications. She was executive director of the National Consumers League, the country’s oldest consumer organization, and executive director of the national nonprofit Community Information Exchange.

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8:45PM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

6:34PM PDT on May 6, 2011

Whole foods (the original ones) are healing!
You are what you eat...so true!

6:06AM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

most parents are too useless and selfish, so fighting with kids to eat properly or even learning how to cook tasty healthy dishes is out. make some pizza pops and hot dogs and dinner is ready.

9:56PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Point is, introduce variety young. When they're old enough to actually eat regular foods, not mashed up, it's easy, because a banana only needs to be peeled. Blanched & chilled carrots are great for teething tots.

People always used to muse, because my son, whose now 11, used to gobble up home made egg rolls, miso soup, and a variety of other veggies, including Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

What helps? Let them help in the kitchen so they know what happens to the food. My son's been baking peanut butter cookies, pumpkin pies and more since 20 months old. He gets to help pick foods to make into suppers.

I've always avoided packaged foods and cook naturally. Sure we eat a bit much, but who can resist the fruit salad?

9:51PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Point is, introduce variety young. When they're old enough to actually eat regular foods, not mashed up, it's easy, because a banana only needs to be peeled. Blanched & chilled carrots are great for teething tots.

People always used to muse, because my son, whose now 11, used to gobble up home made egg rolls, miso soup, and a variety of other veggies, including Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

What helps? Let them help in the kitchen so they know what happens to the food. My son's been baking peanut butter cookies, pumpkin pies and more since 20 months old. He gets to help pick foods to make into suppers.

I've always avoided packaged foods and cook naturally. Sure we eat a bit much, but who can resist the fruit salad?

9:16AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

thank you

8:26PM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

thanks

4:20PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

Ive always cooked all sorts for my kids. One used to pick out the mushrooms the other capsicums. Thats was, and still is ok, but I have never not made certain dishes just because they didnt like a particular ingredient. To the readers who don't like carrots, try grating them and mixing with grated cheese...delicious!

2:01PM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

I really liked the article on how to get your children to eat healthy foods.
When my children were little they were actually allowed to have two vegetables they did not have to eat if they really hated them otherwise they were to eat what they were given, i.e they would make them physically sick. I had five children and all of my children as adults love fruit and vegetables and are teaching their children as well.
I do have an autistic grandchild and because of the texture thing he is very hard to get to eat a lot of things however it is doable as he chose to be strict vegetarian at a young age and will eat a lot of vegetables etc with talking, he is not keen on fruit. We are a vegetarian and vegan family who eat wholegrain and wholefood organic veg and fruit and do not generally have rubbish snack foods.

5:25AM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

I'm blessed in that my daughter eats ALL fruits and veggies, including spinach and brussell sprouts. Thank youf or some very interesting tips x

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