Five Things I {Try To} NEVER Feed My Kids.

Please don't call me a hypocrite if you ever see me and my kids out at McDonald's happily chowing down on man-made, processed, genetically modified, deep fried MSG, ok?

In this crazy, chaotic world in which we live, sometimes... we eat junk food. And it's just gonna happen.

I'm just sayin', is all, that my goal is to feed my kids zero of this crap. I'm a long way from a perfect score, but this is my list of the top five things I wish my kids never ate:

1. SOY
I once read a book called The Whole Soy Story (because I'm a geek like that) and to save you from having to snore through it (you're welcome), just know that the moral of the story is that soy is not a health food

I know your first argument is "but what about those healthy Asians..." and to THAT I say, 1) Asians primarily eat soy in fermented form {natto, miso, tempeh}, and 2) in small amounts as in condiments or appetizers. 

They do not typically sit down in front of the TV with a jumbo bag of edamame and scarf it like popcorn. 

60% of packaged food and 100% of fast food contains soy, which is scary because 100 grams of soy equals the effect on hormones of one contraceptive pill.

As a mom to two girls, I have a problem with that. Is it just me, or does it seem like so many friends are having lots of miscarriages, or trouble conceiving, or hysterectomies, or ...? My theory is that all the soy in our modern-day diets is totally screwing up our sex hormones.  I could go on and on. But you can read the book if you want to know more.

2. MSG
Monosodium gluatmate, also known as hydrolyzed protein, also known as yeast extract, textured protein, protein isolate, and calcium caseinate. MSG may even be labeled using very vague terms such as "natural flavors" or "seasonings." The big red flag to me is that MSG GROWS TUMORS. Please, I beg you, don't feed it to my kids.

On this website I found a list of all the health problems caused or made worse by MSG:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Asthma attacks
  • Burning, numbness, or tingling in or around your mouth
  • Brain damage
  • Cancer
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Damage to your unborn child
  • Death due to an MSG reaction
  • Diarrhea
  • Eye inflammation
  • Flushing
  • Free radical damage to your blood vessels (this can lead to a heart attack or a stroke)
  • Headaches (including migraine headaches)
  • Heart disease
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Pressure or tightness in the muscles in your face
  • Fertility problems (for both men and women)
  • Rapid, fluttering heartbeats
  • Seizures
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stuttering or speech problems
  • Sweating
  • Swelling of the brain (brain edema)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain (the weight you gain from eating MSG is very difficult to lose)

And did I mention it grows tumors? Don't ask me where I got that info, but as a mom to a beautiful child I love more than life who was once diagnosed with a brain tumor, just the RUMOR that it MIGHT grow a tumor was enough for me to HATE MSGRanch dressing is really the only big deal for us, but one day soon I'll post a recipe for healthy, homemade NON-MSG Ranch Dressing. Stay tuned...

Being a student of Nourishing Traditions, I'm a huge advocate of good fats.   

Brains are made of fat and water. And what with my child's history, I'm all about researching what builds healthy brains, and it ain't fat free potato chips or (shudder) low-fat cheese.

My children are lean and fit, witty and sharp as tacks, above average academically, happy, healthy, and well-adjusted. If you THINK eating fat makes you fat, consider that my kids eat butter and whole milk and coconut oil EVERY SINGLE DAY, and then look at these pictures. Fat kids? I think not.

A few more things fat in your diet is good for:

  • Allowing your body to absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, thus preventing deficiencies of these vitamins.
  • Providing energy.
  • Preventing fatty acid deficiency.
  • Helps taste of food, and keeps food in the stomach longer, providing a greater feeling of satisfaction from the foods eaten.
  • Helps your body produce endorphins and prevents essential fatty acid deficiency.

Hydrogenated oils. Crisco. Trans fats are in all commercially-produced baked goods, fried foods, restaurant foods... etc., because its cheap to use and makes the food have a long shelf life. They're KILLING US to make profit, darn that mass-produced food industry. Health risks include heart disease, obesity, cancer, clogged arteries, high cholesterol, diabetes, birth defects, allergies in children, etc. My source? The University of Google, gosh. Research it for yourself. The facts are out there.

Raw milk and raw milk products would be IDEAL... Dairy cows in nature produce enough milk to nourish one calf. Seeing as how producing so little milk would not be profitable for dairy farmers, they pump the suckers full of hormones to get milk churning out faster than one set of udders can keep up with, leading to infections... unless, of course, they also give the cows prophylactic doses of antibiotics to ward off infections.

WHEN YOU DRINK NON-ORGANIC MILK, you're basically drinking hormone-laden, milk-flavored pus. And I just threw up in my mouth a little. And that's all beside the fact that all those massive doses of hormones CaNNoT be good for little girls with growing bodies! GAH!

And that concludes my list. What's on yours? 

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Jenn said...

I like to feed my kids turkey weiners stuffed in cornbread mix. Is that bad?

Melissa Taylor said...

Oh so bad... but if turkey weiners stuffed in cornbread mix are wrong, I don't wanna be right. Did you come up with that creatively delicious recipe on your own?! Bon Apetit magazine will be calling any day now!

Gail A said...

Good info.  Where do you shop for your healthy foods here in Tyler?  What brand milk do you buy?

Melissa Taylor said...

I like the Granary at the west loop and 5th street across from El Charro! Prices on most things are better at Drug Emporium, but I like the chickens they have at the Granary and usually just get everything else there! I usually get my milk there in 1/2 gallons. Sam's has Horizon organic milk way cheaper than Brookshire's, but it's reduced fat and I like for my kids to drink whole milk. Someday I'm going to get brave and try raw milk... I keep reading how great it is for you... but for now, we drink pasteurized organic milk!

Sandra said...

wow! that's a lot to take in, but I appreciate the I have to go empty my cabinets and refrigerator 

Jenn said...

Naw, girl, I'm not that creative!!  There's this awesome blog for foodies where you learn how to make corn dogs and pizzas and stuff.  

Melissa from the Blue House said...

I guess you have to be *uber-creative* to appreciate a magical dish like turkey weiners served up in cheap cornbread mix, when you're not busy stealing other people's recipe ideas. Sigh. 

Jenn said...

well i did learn how to make a good white chili.  just don't leave out the massive hunks of celery.  that ALWAYS tastes good.  

Melissa from the Blue House said...

You know what a *foodie* somewhere should do? A blog post on what to do with those infernal ready-made pizza crusts you see in the grocery store. I mean, what are those for?!??! It baffles me every time. 

Wait. Do you THINK... you could really make your own PIZZA? That just came to me!!

Surely NOT. If only I were uber-creative enough to figure that one out. Please, foodie bloggers, help me out with that one! 

Jenn said...

OMG>  you could TOTALLY do, like, a VARIETY of toppings so....ok, give me sec....  YOUR KIDS COULD CHOOSE THEIR OWN TOPPINGS!!!!!  Give me my own food network show, guys!!  or better yet, my own food blog..  ;)

Melissa from the Blue House said...

You are TOTALLY smart enough to write your own food blog. I bet you even know how to assemble a lunchable.  I mean, is it cracker-cheese-ham? Or cheese-ham-cracker? Or WHAT? I REALLY hope an uber-creative foodie blogger will write about that soon!!!

Jenn said...

ok, i'm on a roll now.  i am just racking my brain.  what oh what can i do next to be uber creative??  hmm.  grilled cheese??  like, literally, grill up some cheese?  but i better go to FRESH and buy something totally trendy and cool sounding and slap it on the grill~

Jenn said...

and let me get out my 7th grade 

AP language arts writers' guide to find every adjective i can think of to describe a slab of ham as it hits the palette, so i can then answer your question of cheese-ham-cheese.

Kerry @ Made For Real said...

Just lost my comment... But I loved this, some new info to me. Thanks for your digging work!

Melissa from the Blue House said...

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Melissa from the Blue House said...

 Ha! I know... it's overwhelming, isn't it? I've become an obsessive label-reader, not that we eat like we should near as much as I'd like, but I just can't be oblivious about what my kids eat anymore!

Melissa from the Blue House said...

I think you have to have a master's degree to fully answer that one or to be a real "foodie." Good luck. 

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