diarrhoea and is incredibly toxic to dogs. The safest sweetener to consider is Stevia. I however strongly urge that you try and learn to not crave sweetness all the time and learn to love natures perfectly packaged sweet treat of fruit. Over time, you will find that refined sugar tastes awful! 4. Refined Oils. Despite what we’re told, highly processed oils such as Canola, Soybean, Safflower and Sunflower Oil cause inflammation within the body. When these oils are heated at high temperatures, they quickly become unstable and release aldehydes in the body, contributing to chronic disease. Many packaged foods contain these highly-refined vegetable oils, contributing to inflammatory health problems. It’s almost unavoidable, but where possible, try and avoid these oils listed in the ingredients and for cooking use. 5. Soy products. Everywhere you look, processed soy is in almost everything! From bread, to ice-cream and just about everything in between. Most soy is genetically modified which has been an area of concern for our health, and processed, unfermented soy has been linked to hormone health problems such as precocious puberty and infertility, as well as a common interference with gut health in the way that gluten is. 6. Artificial Additives – where to begin? There are so many in today’s processed foods and can cause a whole host of health problems, both mentally and physically. You need to get to know the numbers in the ingredients list. Downloading a free additives phone app is ideal when shopping, as you can enter the numbers you read on packages, and the app will tell you any associated health concerns. These numbers generally fall under the following categories: Colours (102 – 160) Antioxidants (310 – 321) Preservatives (200 – 283)
Flavour Enhancers (620 – 635), this can include Yeast Extract for sensitive types All artificial flavours Many of the above listed have been attributed to behavioural issues, headaches, migraines, asthma triggers, heart palpitations, skin rashes, bedwetting, and more serious disease. So many foods that are targeted to children contain many of these nasty additives and can cause a whole host of problems. Get to know the additive numbers! Once you learn to navigate the back of food labels, you start to look for better alternatives and get to know the more superior food brands. You may pay a little extra for them, but it outweighs the ongoing health problems associated with the less superior. I always try and look for products that have no more than 6 ingredients listed. I always look for minimal to no sugar. I avoid soy. I avoid canola oil. I never buy anything with nasty artificial additives. I buy certified organic packaged food as much as I can. (Side note: some organic packaged foods can still contain loads of sugar, so again, read the back of the label). Ideally, try and incorporate a fresh, nutritious wholefood diet. Plan ahead with meal prepping and lunchbox baking. The more you have fresh foods in your kitchen, the less chance of eating processed foods, and more so, the less chance of developing ongoing cravings for them.
Sherrie Miller is a qualified Nutritionist with a special interest in gut health. She is passionate about the way in which our digestive health can influence our mental health, skin health and immunity. Sherrie takes the concept of ‘Food is Medicine’ very seriously. You can find out more at www.thewellnessseed.com.au www.peninsulakids.com.au
Peninsula Kids Autumn 2018