This gives you a bit of an idea when you read about calorie content on a box of cereal, on snacks and other foodstuffs.
Child obesity rates are soaring across Canada. Now one in four Canadians between the ages 2 and 17 are overweight or obese, and the numbers are increasing.
And so is juvenile diabetes
On top of that there are now children as young as 15 years old with clogging arteries and high cholesterol.
Cholesterol clogging the arteries?
That's what the drug companies would like you to believe, but it is not true.
Cholesterol does not clog arteries., Cholesterol is a a vital substance needed in every cell of the body .Cholesterol is needed to construct the important membranes which surround cells.
The real villains in our body are the free radicals. Some we produce ourselves because our bodies are continually renewing, but many are produced in a variety of different ways.
Smoking is one of the worst, always linked to lung cancer, it is even more deadly to your heart. The free radicals do damage to your arteries and your arteries get all sorts of help to repair the damage. Cholesterol, among other things is needed for the repair and the Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) are the carriers to get it there.
Free radical damage is also caused by sugar and wheat flour; especially wheat flour with the germ and bran removed. Right ! White bread!
Furthermore there are the vegetable oils, sometimes loaded with transfats and always loaded with Omega6 fatty acids A more unstable fatty acid and easily damaged by free radical activity. Far better to get enough Omega3.
When buying margarine check for non-hydrogenated (transfats) and a balance between Omega3 and Omega 6 of 1:2, otherwise -if you can afford it- forget the whole margarine spiel and treat yourself to butter.
Remember this, and this may sound like heresy, but saturated fats are not the problem a lot of nutritionists would still like us to believe. Expect the Food pyramid to be adapted, little bit by little bit. However there is a lot of commercial interest at stake and I would not want to gamble my life and health on the shaky premises on which present nutrional advice is based.
According to one of the highest sources (Head of the Nutrition and Health Department at Harvard: dr Walter Willet) the changes in the nutritional recommendations are long overdue.
The three most feared are white bread, sugar, and polyunsaturated fats, especially Omega 6 However we might as well include whole wheat bread as well. If you have read "Wheat Belly" by dr. William Davis,MD, you know exactly why (http://www.wheatbellyblog.com
So what example are we setting for our kids??
or are we not going to be around anymore......
when our kids will be struggling with
early onset of diabetes ...??
It's not like we don't have a Choice !!!!
It is never too early to explain to your child how their daily lives will horribly change when they have to deal with the consequences of diabetes. Ask your school to get a health practitioner to explain these things to the students.