I will let you in on something I am not proud of.......many, many years ago, I was a pack-a-day smoker. I am not proud of it for a few reasons, but mostly because it showed my level of naivete` in my younger years. I knew on many levels smoking was bad for me, but it affected mostly me, and hey....that was my business, K??
But, then came the allegations of how 'Big Tobacco' was purposely using additives to addict us, and the men that sat on the boards of those companies also sat on the boards of the cancer hospitals, and were shareholders in the companies that produced the chemo drugs. Then, I got mad! Then, I quit! 20 years ago or so, but in the back of my mind is the fact that all of my younger years I smoked, and I have forever increased my risk of cancer.
So, now we are faced with information that is that huge once again....but this time it is 'Big Food'. If you haven't heard, the additives and flavorings are alleged to be there for the direct purpose of 'addicting' us to the food that is unhealthy for our bodies, and contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic. (Not to mention the rest of us)
You can 'google' this, but let me give you just one link I found on the subject:
So, please parents, educated yourself on this and fight back!!! I was never fed these foods as a child, I did/do not feed my kids this way (or even my dog), and unlike smoking, which affected 'mostly me', the food additives are something that are going to be in your kids bodies for a long time, if not ingrained forever. So, if you won't do it for you, do it for them! Tell 'Big Food' we don't want it! Shop the perimeter of the store, choose organic as much as possible, and a good rule is try to choose foods with just ONE ingredient as much as possible, ie ; apple, potato, orange, oatmeal, nuts.
And read the labels! Teach your kids how to read the labels. And refuse to buy foods with the additives you know you don't want to consume!