With so many options and so little time, we tend to reach for the fast and easy. But, not so fast. What you're feeding your kids could be interfering with their development.
Experts at Brain Balance Achievement Centers focus on a holistic, drug-free approach to address troubled kids who struggle behaviorally, socially or academically.
Here's what they say to cut out of your kids' diets:
It can trigger depression, anxiety and mood swings in children with food sensitivities.
"When you walk into a grocery store, you are going to be able to find a non-dairy milk in any grocery store that you go into," said Hannah Bing, Director for Brain Balance of Mansfield. "Different brands can have different flavors, if you add it to different foods, if you cook it differently, that can always be a factor in how children will appreciate that food," added Bing, when asked about the taste of dairy-free alternatives.
It can make kids with difficulties aggressive.
"That's going to inflame the gut, which inflames the body, which inflames the brain," Bing said. "So it's going to slow down the process of us making new connections and just overall maturing of that weaker side of the brain."
According to the FDA, dyes found in processed food can make already hyper and impulsive kids worse.
"If you're having an apple fruit snack that's been through a process, it's no longer than apple that you're thinking of," Bing explained. "So it's going to have those chemicals, those dyes, it's going to have those preservatives that are keeping it on the shelves longer. But the more that it's processed, the less nutrient it is."
NON-ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
They can have a negative impact on the good bacteria in the gut.
"Really with a clean eating diet, everyone can function better," Bing said.