Helping kids eat healthy: Parents need education

Last updated 05:00 30/01/2013
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BUYING POWER: Parents need to learn what's healthy to buy for their children.

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I believe that educating parents and kids about making proper food choices is key. Learning to read labels and have a basic understanding of the human body would be a great start for many people.

Time and again I see parents not allowing their kids to drink fizzy, but drink a litre of fruit juice instead, when the sugar content is just as high in fruit juice. They give their kids 'low fat' muesli bars that are packed with sugar and sandwiches made with white bread.

Parents need understand how the body processes sugar, which leads to storing energy as fat. They also need to get away from the archaic view that saturated fat is bad for you. Every single cell in the body is made up of fat and cholesterol, so depriving the body of fat is going to cause some serious health issues.

It's funny how government health standards have been in place for 40 years, yet as a nation we are getting fatter and have increased cases of heart attack. We need to look at the root of the problem.

If you go in to any supermarket have a look at the layout, all the best, whole, natural foods are on the outside surrounding the aisles. If you shop in those aisles for 90% of your food, your body and health will benefit. 

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