Wednesday Opinion: A Parent’s Guide to Chemicals

I took up this subject up a few years ago when I observed otherwise smart, good kids transform into hyperactive and moody personalities. I made it a goal to uncover how food affects mood. So many children get labeled today as ‘problems’ and it breaks my heart. Here is some of the research I have done. If you have any more information or cool links feel free to post underneath.
Chemicals are toxins. They interfere with
the way our brains work. They are not natural and therefore they cannot be
properly broken down by our bodies. Chemicals alter the body’s
healthy ph alkaline/acid balance. Here’s a guide to chemicals itemized on packaging:
A chemical is any word you can’t pronounce.
Monosodium Glutamate – MSG is an excitotoxin. It creates fat, increases your appetite and
creates diseases.
Aspartame –  Also an excitotoxin. Creates fat, leads
to depression, can cause migraines.
High Fructose Corn Syrup – Chemically and physically addicting and creates obesity.
Hydrogenated Oil or Partially Hydrogenated Oil – A trans fat. Deadly. Can lead to heart disease,
and a range of other diseases.
Natural and Artificial Flavors  intense lobbying by the
Food Industry has resulted in thousands of addictive man-made chemicals being
passed as ‘natural’ ingredients on the food label.
Chemicals can be labeled as ‘spices’ when they are not. MSG is often classified
under ‘spices’.
Palm Oil
Cheap and deadly, can cause all types of physical problems.
Dextrose, Sucrose, Fructose – Chemical sweeteners.
– Man-made sweetener, increases appetite, causes depression, causes migraines,
PMS, allergies, causes obesity.
Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour – Enriched Bleached
White Flour
–  Highly refined, processed product, no natural nutritional
A steady diet of
processed foods can mark our children out for a lifetime of poor health. This
has been dramatically demonstrated by a popular UK TV show “Honey We’re Killing
The Kids” (BBC3) which used computer technology and tests devised by the Institute
of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London
to predict
a child’s life expectancy based on a highly processed daily diet. The results
were staggering. Some of the ‘test’ children simply did not live beyond the age
of sixty-five. Others prematurely aged or were afflicted with disabilitating
More and more parents are
waking up to the connection between highly processed sugary foods and
children’s health. Poor concentration, hyperactivity and skin complaints are
immediate concerns. But there are alternatives, even for the fussiest of eaters. 
What do you think about chemicals in food?
NEXT WEEK: simple fun everyday whole food recipes for fussy eaters.