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Study: Diet of Mother Has Biggest Impact on Children’s Healthy Eating Habits

The results are in! Kids who see their moms eat in a healthy way are more likely to follow her example.
Mother's Diet Affects Her Children

Today we live in a world where we are constantly challenged with the problems of obesity and diabetes. Kids are the quickest-rising demographic group for being overweight or obese. Dealing with this can prove to be a huge challenge, as it requires us to look at the roots of the problem — parental example.

Oftentimes, mothers’ eating habits must be considered first when dealing with childhood nutrition issues. In fact, this latest research confirms that the way a mother views her child’s eating habits (i.e. “a picky eater” or not) has a big impact on whether the child eats enough fruits and vegetables.

The “Picky Eater” Study

A recent study, published in the journal Public Health Nursing and conducted by professor Mildred Horodynski at Michigan State University’s College of Nursing, looked into this very question. The scientific study was done on 400 low-income women (black and non-Hispanic white) who had children one to three years of age.

Information was collected from mothers in 28 Michigan counties. It was found that the children of mothers who ate fruit and vegetables less than four or more times per week were also less likely to consume fruits and vegetables. It may not seem like a stretch for the imagination, as mothers and children often eat the same foods. But it does set a scientific precedence showing that the behavior of mothers is critical for dietary health in the young.

Similarly, it was found that the if the mothers saw their children as picky eaters, these children were also less likely to get enough health fruit and vegetables. This may be connected to a “laid-back” parenting style that does not “force” children into eating fruits and vegetables.

Culture and ethnic background was also considered. It was found that African American mothers and their children did not eat as much fruits and vegetables as non-Hispanic whites. Sadly, it was found that the vast majority of all women studied were eating much less than the current recommended U.S. dietary guidelines.

Previous and similar studies found that children who were exposed to different kinds of foods, overtime, were also more likely to eat fruits and vegetables. This means that kids need to have continual exposure to different healthy foods before they begin to like eating them. In fact, this same study found that kids need up to 15 exposures with a certain food before it can determined if a child indeed likes or dislikes something.

Lead scientist on the study, Mildred Horodynski:
“Health professionals need to consider this when developing strategies to increase a child’s consumption of healthy foods. Diets low in fruit and vegetables even at young ages pose increased risks for chronic diseases later in life.” [1]

She went on to suggest that the study confirms the need for “family-based approaches to incorporating fruits and vegetables into daily eating habits. Mothers need to have the knowledge and confidence to make these healthy decisions for their children.”

In other words, if we can get the mothers’ fruit and vegetable consumption to increase, we are very likely to see positive role modeling for children, and thus a healthier diet for our offspring.

What are your thoughts on this study? Let’s hear them in the comments below.

Research: Purple Fruits Halts the Development of Alzheimers, Parkinsons & Mulitple Sclerosis

We’re taught that iron is good for our bodies. It’s used in the production for fresh blood cells and helps our bodies regulate temperature and muscle tissue. Iron is also an important part proper neurological function and numerous other biological processes. But dietary iron can be a double-edged sword. While certain forms of the dietary mineral are essential to our health, others can cause irreversible damage to some of the same bodily systems they’re meant to enhance.

According to Dr. Douglas Kell, esteemed professor of Bioanalytical Science at the University of Manchester and Chief Executive of the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), warding off these various debilitating illnesses may be cause by renegade iron in the body. And preventing them may be as simple as eating the right fruits or drinking a little more tea.

The Unseen Connection Between Iron & Degenerative Disease

Neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, slowly destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of older people every year. In their own unique way, each of them erodes delicate brain and nervous system tissue leaving sufferers increasingly unable to mentally and physically function.

In research recently published in the medical journal, Archives of Toxicology, Professor Kell outlines his novel discovery into the connection between these seemingly unrelated conditions and a specific class of toxin produced by an excess of poorly-bonded iron in the body.

His findings suggest that these toxins, collectively known as hydroxyl radicals, are able to induce the “large-scale cellular death and destruction” that is frequently associated with many common forms of degenerative neurological disease.

Foods to Protect Your Brain & Nervous System

Nutrients that are abundant in darkly colored fruits and vegetables, as well as green tea, appear to naturally bind loose iron molecules through a process known as chelation, making them safe for the body to properly utilize.

Blueberries and purple-colored fruit, such as plums and grapes, are excellent sources of these iron-binding agents. Other brightly colored fruits are also believed to contain varying amounts of these nutrients, although often in smaller concentrations than specifically blue and purple fruits.

If these foods truly do hold the natural secret to warding off even a handful of the degenerative diseases that plague growing elderly populations, their use could dramatically boost productivity and overall quality during the final years of live.

Professor Douglas Kell:
“The importance of iron may have been missed because there is no gene for iron as such. What I have highlighted in this work is therefore a crucial area for further investigation, as many simple predictions follow from my analysis.. If true they might change greatly the means by which we seek to prevent and even cure such diseases.” [1]

Besides purple fruits, green tea is another excellent source of the beneficial chelators, as well as many other health benefits.

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Fake Blueberries Found in Popular Cereals, Muffins & Bagels

According to an investigation from Mike Adams, the blueberries you commonly find in your favorite cereals, muffins and breads may not be actual blueberries.

It turns out, that many of the “blueberries” are nothing more than hydrogenated oils, liquid sugars and artificial colors. There are absolutely zero nutritional benefits in these fake blueberries, yet you would never know, because the boxes still say they’re healthy. The video below will expose a deceptive and dishonest practice that big-name food companies use to trick you into thinking you’re eating healthy.

The Alleged Offenders

  • Blueberry Bagels sold at Target
  • Total Blueberry Pomegranate cereal by General Mills
  • Kellogg’s Blueberry Pop Tarts & Blueberry Frosted Mini Wheats
  • Betty Crocker’s Fiber One Blueberry Muffin Mix

Remember to Read the Ingredients List

If any of your favorite blueberry products were mentioned in the video above, go to your pantry right now and read the ingredients list. You may be shocked at what you’ll find. I hate to recommend wasting food, especially in tough economical times, but just know it may be healthier for you, if you didn’t eat any more of these fake blueberry products.

It’s not always easy to avoid fake blueberry products, but you can take actions to prevent them from making their way into your pantry. When you’re browsing the shelves at your local supermarket, be sure to read the ingredients list and find out what is actually in your food. If you see Red #40 or Blue #2, then you know they added artificial colors to give their “blueberries” more blue.

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7 Tips for Planning Christmas Dinner on a Budget

The holiday season is upon us. Soon, we will be getting together with our family to break bread and exchange gifts. If you’re the lucky one that gets to plan out the large Christmas dinner for your family and friends, then you may want to check out the following tips to help you stay within your budget and save some green this Christmas.

There are several things you need to consider when planning a Christmas dinner menu, while staying within a budget. The following are some of the tips that will be helpful in planning a healthy, but cheap Christmas dinner.

1. Plan & Shop In Advance

Plan the dinner menu in advance, and then buy the necessary items before the holiday season starts. It’s possible that you’ll get the holiday ham or turkey at a cheaper price if you buy it before the holiday season. When you do get it early, store it in the freezer. Not only will it still taste the same, but this will save you a few bucks. Also think about what side dishes you want to have. Buy those in advance also. If you plan ahead, you may also be able to clip coupons for items you’ll be serving at Christmas dinner.

2. Get an Early Head Count

If you know exactly how many people are coming to Christmas dinner, then it will be a lot easier for you to plan out what you need. This will help prevent you from buying too much food, and ultimately spending too much money.

3. Ask Your Guests to Bring a Dish

One of the best options for your budget, is to ask your guests to bring a dish. Not only will this help prevent you from blowing your budget, but it will also help you with preparing the dinner. Whether they bring a side dish, dessert or a bottle of liquor, the less you have to prepare, the easier it will be on you.

4. Avoid Paper Plates & Plastic Utensils

While they may be convenient, using paper plates and plastic utensils at Christmas dinner can be expensive. Not to mention, they are not eco-friendly. Save the money, and just wash the dishes yourself. Or better yet, get that nephew or niece you don’t like to wash the dishes for you. The clean-up may be a pain, but it’s a great way to stay within your budget.

5. Avoid Canned Goods

Eating fresh organic vegetables is always the healthiest options, especially if you grew them yourself. However, this isn’t always a viable option. Instead of buying canned vegetables, try using frozen vegetables instead. Not only are they be the healthier option, but you’ll also prevent your friends and family from being exposed to BPA, a common chemical used in the lining of cans. Frozen veggies also contain a higher amount of nutrients.

6. Don’t Buy Pre-Prepared Meals from Restaurants

Christmas Dinner Fruits

Sometimes, it’s just easier to buy a turkey or ham that is pre-prepared by a restaurant or catering company. While this will undoubtedly make it easier for you, it’s also an easy way for you to blow your budget. It’s still best that you set your alarm to wake you up early and get the turkey in the oven early.

7. Skip the Holiday Décor

Most Christmas dinners have some sort of holiday decorations to go along with the food. Whether it’s a centerpiece, decorative napkins or just stuff around the house, try to avoid buying these types of decorative items. You don’t need a santa clause serving spoon, if you’re only going to use it once a year. The same goes for holiday-themed napkins and plates.

What tips do you have for planning a Christmas dinner on a budget? Surely there are ideas that I’ve missed, so please leave them in the comment section below.

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Aloe Vera Juice: The Benefits & Side Effects Explained

Aloe vera is one of the best known herbs throughout the world, widely used for its numerous health benefits, both internal and external. The health benefits of aloe vera have been well known for centuries, however, at that time it was mostly used to treat wounds and cuts.

Nowadays, we know there are many other health benefits of aloe vera juice, like its use in treating constipation, boosting the immune system, cleansing your colon and relief for acid reflux symptoms. On the flip side, there are also several side effects associated with aloe vera. Today aloe vera is available in the form of juice, gel and powder. No matter what type of aloe vera you decide to pursue, there are benefits of each.

Let’s take a closer look at the many aloe vera juice benefits and side effects in detail.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera Juice Benefits

The following are a few benefits of aloe vera juice, which is why it’s one of the most popular natural products today.

  • Aloe vera juice is believed to help boost the immune system.
  • It also has anti inflammatory properties that can help alleviate inflammation, skin irritation, burns and wounds.
  • Aloe vera has a natural laxative effect, as a result, aloe vera juice is widely used to help relieve constipation.
  • Drinking aloe juice is another common remedy for acid reflux symptoms, such as stomachaches and heartburn.
  • Aloe vera juice one of the best detox foods you can ingest. Besides helping with acid reflux, it also helps improve digestion and cleanse your colon.

Side Effects of Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice, when consumed in an excess amount, can lead to abdominal cramping, diarrhea, dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. One of the benefits of aloe vera juice can also be one of its main side effects, as it helps lower your blood sugar level. This may be potentially dangerous for people already suffering from low blood sugar.

Another side effect of aloe vera is that it may trigger an allergic reaction, such as skin rash and skin irritations for some people. It’s also strongly advised that pregnant women should not drink aloe vera juice, as it may lead to diarrhea. If you are pregnant or lactating, be sure to talk to your doctor BEFORE you start drinking aloe vera juice. It would also be wise for senior citizens to check with their doctor, before drinking aloe juice.

Although, aloe vera juice are a great complement to a detox and treatment of constipation, it’s not recommended for certain gastrointestinal diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and stomach ulcers.

Why Drink Aloe Vera?

The bottom-line on aloe vera juice, is that it can be a great addition to your diet. Apart from the various benefits and side effects, there are several other factors that need to be taken into consideration.

First, talk to your doctor before giving aloe juice to children or pregnant women. Secondly, you will only suffer from the side effects of aloe vera juice when you drink too much.

Also, all aloe vera juice products are different. It’s recommended that you only drink organic aloe vera juice, and from a good source. When you do consume aloe juice, you should only drink the amounts listed on the bottle.