Organic Foods for Kids Can Still Be Processed Into Junk
A lot of parents out there are getting conned out of their money by snack foods that insist that they’re healthy just because they managed to pack organic and ‘whole’ foods into their products. The great vitamins, fiber and balanced nutrition of organic foods don’t mean anything if they’re destroyed by high heats, pressure, pasteurization, and tons and tons of injected organic sugar and ‘natural’ flavoring. Remember that Certified Organic, if it doesn’t say 100% Organic, is allowed to have a certain percent of Non-Organic ingredients, which companies often use to hastily add preservatives, undisclosed flavorings, and supplements to try and make up for all of the health benefits that were lost along the way.
So how can you tell what’s really healthy, and what’s trying to take advantage of your concern for your children’s nutrition? Topline Foods is here with a few good tricks of the trade.
Look at the food before you look at the label: If it looks like junk food before you find out it’s “organic”, “all natural” or “made with whole wheat”, it still is. If it seems too good to be true that microwave chicken nuggets are healthy now, it is. If the food has to tell you it’s made with whole ingredients, take it as a really bad sign. When you look at good, whole wheat bread you can see the grains. The more transparently natural the food itself is, the better.
Look at the list of ingredients: There is such a thing as added organic sugar; it has just as many extra calories. Is added sugar one of the top five ingredients? Does the first listed grain say ‘whole’ next to it? How many of the ingredients can you pronounce?
Just give them the actual food: Some foods you know are whole, healthy and unprocessed, because they just couldn’t be anything else. An organic fruit-flavored snack may or may not have any of the health benefits it claims to provide, but an actual fruit is an actual fruit. It’s a real, physical thing you can hold in your hand, the same as it was when it first came off the plant. Salmon fish sticks and organic chicken nuggets might be questionable, but there’s very little you can do to mess up a wild-caught salmon filet or an organic chicken breast. There are plenty of properly whole foods you can give to your kids for organic snacks and meals.
Parents stay tuned! We’ll be back next time with a list of healty, tasty, Topline recommended snack food for kids of all ages. In the mean time, you can check out our wide selection of quality fruits and vegetables, all flash frozen at the height of nutrition. We deliver to Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Southern California! Shop online now!
The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/31/organic-kid-food-myths.html