Avoid processed foods as much as possible.
At an early age, teach your kids the difference between processed foods loaded with sugars, artificial sweeteners, and salt, and “real” food like organic veggies, fruits, white meats, and fish that contain natural nutrients. The idea that processed food strips the stomach of good gut-healing bacteria isn’t new, but a ream of studies also suggest that the supersize amount of calories in the Western diet, with its reliance on processed and fast food can lead to a high risk for allergies that sneaks down your DNA to your kid, too. And a global study surveying over 400,000 kids from ages 7–14 found that eating fast food three times a week ups the risk for asthma and eczema caused by allergens, while three weekly servings of fruit decreased that risk by 11 percent. So the next time a processed Happy Meal seems like the ‘kid-friendly’ choice, remember whole food is just as appropriate for your kid as it is for you.
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