Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How Making Infant Nutrition With Organic Foods?

Infants need baby food just as adults need their favorite food. But baby nutrition has been deeply affected by the growth of non-organic foods. The concept of organically produced foods has caught wind in the past decade, tracing its emergence to the mid 1990's. Would you like it if somebody told you to drink a gallon of nitrate fertilizer: would you even do it? Well, you might be shocked to know you might have consumed more than a gallon after eating fertilizer-laden produce for all your life. The concept of fertilizer was used to get rid of pests and insects in the soil. They destroyed the crops and so fertilizer industries blossomed all over the place.

But the same tool that got rid of the insects has now turned its fire on the human population. Years of crops smothered with fertilizer makes the fertilizer go right down into the soil. The soil holds this fertilizer for years which makes it all the more harmful as the fertilizer is now expired and has become downright deadly to grow any more crops in.

Ripple effect

Chemically potent soil gives rise to chemically harmful crops. If you remember your school science, you will recollect that roots absorb mineral salts and water from the soil. If the soil is tinged with nitrates, the water will be tinged with nitrates too. This alarming transplanting of chemicals affects the crops grown; this deadly crop travels down to the supermarkets in trucks and finally sits in our shopping bags to come home with us.

Fertilizers are used to boost crop outputs. Large crop outputs lead to big money. So the obsession with making money has led to the sacrifice of health. A carrot or an apple today is scientifically proven to contain only 50% of the nutrition it used to hold about 50 years back - which means you think you're eating a wholesome carrot but you are not. What you are eating is a carrot look-alike - with nitrates in it.

Effect on meat

Animals that live on the farm graze on the grass there which means they also get contaminated. Then again in a lot of farms dairy and poultry animals are force-fed with anti-biotic medicine to increase production of milk and eggs. Disease can also spread from eating such farm products. When these animals die, they decompose into the soil and leave the remnants of the anti-biotic and the chemically eaten grass back into the soil; and the story begins all over again. So meat, milk and poultry products are not exempt either.

Organic baby food

With adults in danger, it makes it imperative to make babies safe from this kind of chemical attack. Babies need to be fed only with organic baby snacks like Earth's Best products to protect them from diseases. Babies' bodies are delicate and vulnerable to disease as their physical systems are still in the early stages of development. The parents may buy baby food unsuspectingly from the supermarket, but that might not be natural baby food at all but baby food prepared with the same chemically treated ingredients.

Real dangers from eating chemically treated crops

The list of diseases that can spring up from eating fertilizer doused crops begins with cancer. The growing number of cancer cases all over the world is a strong pointer to this. Other diseases related to increased chemical toxicity in the body are obesity and Alzheimer's disease.

Turning back the clock

Now luckily due to growing awareness, every supermarket has organic sections where organic produce is displayed for purchase. Organic food refers to crops grown without fertilizers. Naturally these crops are more expensive as the organic farms strive to produce crops without artificially inflating their rate of growth. But if this extra money means a healthier body with an improved immune system then the money is an investment not expenditure. Perhaps this explains why people of olden days lived longer and healthier lives though the medical facilities were not so far advanced back then. They didn't need the medication!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Why Eat Meat The Healthy Way?

The word meat has been around for a long time. It dates back to the old English word mete, meaning food. Today the word is mainly used to describe animal flesh that is used to food. The type of meat we eat and the amount of it can significantly affect our health.

Eating too much meat is never a good thing. Studies demonstrate that this can have adverse effects on our health, especially when eating red meat. Some of these health problems include heart disease, obesity and even cancer. Processed meats as opposed to organic meats have also demonstrated to cause adverse health effects. Some people claim that meat is crucial to our diet because of the protein that we obtain from meat. Recent studies contradict this claim and it should be understood that other foods besides meat are good sources of protein.

Eating meat from animals that have been grass fed as opposed to being fed grain or other food has proven to be healthier. One of these reasons is the type and ratio of omega fatty acids that are found in these different types of meat. Our bodies function best when we have omega 6 fats to omega 3 fats at a ratio of three to one. Most people have far too many omega 6 fats in their diet. It essential for us to obtain omega 3 fats in our diet as our body cannot manufacture them from other fats.

Grain fed animals are known to have omega 6 fats to omega 3 fats at a ratio that exceeds twenty to one. Meat from grass fed animals is much healthier with a ratio of three to one. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for the health and growth of our bodies. They also help to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis, auto immune disorders and other inflammatory diseases.

It is better to eat chickens that have been fed vegetables, fruit, grass and insects. These have also proven to be much higher in omega 3 fats than chicken that is fed other food and kept in a confined space. Chickens that eat vegetables and fruit produce healthy eggs that have omega 6 fatty acids to omega 3 fatty acids of a ratio of six to three. Eggs found in the supermarket often have an unhealthy ratio of 20 to one for omega 6 fats to omega 4 fats. Fish are also a great source of omega three fats. It is best to consume fish that has been caught in the wild as opposed to fish that is farm raised.

Friday, February 3, 2012

How to Get Your Child to Eat Vegetables?

Children like sweet food, rather than bitter tasting stuff, and they are conservative, meaning that they don't like to try new things; they have to see food a few times before they will try it according to some psychologists, they have a term for this- "neophobia"- the fear of new things. One way of overcoming this is to engage your child in making a menu for a week or a day or two at least, and taking them shopping, so that they can see what is displayed on shelves.

You can make a deal with them that they can choose vegetables, and fruit if this is also a problematic area, as long as they eat it. You can also allow children to "help" with the cooking and preparation of vegetables, or at least they can watch as you make a carrot flower or a tomato rose. These can be given to the child to try raw, but they do look enticing on a plate as nutritional garnishes. You can also deseed bell peppers and make them into containers for cream cheese or other dips that your child enjoys and gradually get him or her to eat the container. These can also be made into baskets to hold carrot and celery strips.

We eat with our eyes, so to get children to eat anything, apart from sweet things it has to look appetizing. You can make smiley faces on pizzas and quiches with different vegetables, red bell peppers make good lips and a carrot strip can be made to look like a nose, while the eyes can be green peas or strips of green pepper and so on. If it looks interesting it may be eaten.

Children don't like strong flavours, and if you recall your childhood you probably realize that you didn't approve of brussel sprouts or soggy boiled cabbage, or even asparagus which is considered a gourmet food. Go for caramelized onions and glazed carrots and cook your peas with mint sprigs to produce a sweeter taste.

Often it is the texture of vegetables that kids don't like, so puree veggies and take the seeds out of tomatoes and see if that helps. Make your own sauces for pasta and shred carrots into them and put in peeled, de-seeded tomatoes with onions and try a little garlic and oregano to help the taste.

Make your own soups and puree them so that they don't have to be chewed. If your child will eat mashed potato (perhaps smothered with tomato ketchup) then you could mash cooked carrots or swede with this and so disguise the fact that there are vegetables in it. You could add grated cheese too as this will help disguise the taste.