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if there is just a little bit of something, it can do a lot of damage depending on what that “something” is. Saturated/ Hydrogenated and Trans fats are what our bodies would most appreciate us staying away from. Unsaturated fats benefit our bodies and there is a true need for healthy fats in our diet. Conversely, saturdated fats, which are mostly animal derived, can be stressful on our bodies and cardiac systems. When fats go through high pressure hydrogen, are heated and treated with chemical solvents to make things such as margarine, then a third class…those trans fats…are created. These raise LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower HDL (good) cholesterol. These also interfere with cell metabolism and can break down vital fatty organs like our brain and nervous tissues. Seeing as neurons in our brain are the only cell in our body that does not replicate itself like all the others, I think we would all agree that we want to protect it as much as possible. Sugars are a whole other subject. Complex carbohydrates in plant based foods are good for you and simple sugars in sodas, pre-packaged sweets and treats are not. That seems pretty elementary, but the WHY is less known. First, let me give you a visual that every 4g of sugar on your label is a teaspoon. Grab a bag of sugar from your cabinet and chew on that for a second. Sugar literally shuts down the immune functions of the body. Studies show that downing 75-100g of simple sugar, which is what you would find in 2 average 12 oz.

We, as parents, can take charge and arm ourselves with some knowledge today so we can begin, or continue, on a path of real health with real food and stay away from those additives and preservatives that harm us and our growing families. sodas, suppresses the immune system and it is most impactful 2-4 hrs after ingestion, but still in effect 5 hours afterwards. Like many moms, I am working hard to support and help balance my kids’ immune systems, and the last thing I want to do is shut it down! What about behavior? Some brains are very sensitive to sugar and it alters their behavior, attention span, learning ability and good sense. There is evidence of adrenaline levels peaking and staying at a high plateau long after a dose of sugar, and the low blood sugar drop afterwards is never fun for anyone. I have experienced this myself and I am sure many of you have as well. Does your child have the best attitude with you after a

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huge sugar rush or are they erratic and you are wondering where this alien came from? I will also mention that sugar promotes heart disease and more cravings and the sugar/ caffeine double-punch of soft drinks is an uncomfortable roller coaster for any metabolic system in your body. Fiber, on the other hand, is your friend. A small list of the fabulous fiber functions are in helping promote healthy intestinal bacteria, reduce cancer risk, increase gut movement, reduce cholesterol, slow fat absorption, steady blood sugar and curb overeating! Good, natural sources from whole food plant produce is a buddy you want around every day! When you look at the “vitamins” section of your label, please note that someone at the FDA ages ago decided that Vitamin A, C, Calcium and Iron were the go to’s. Most labels have these. There are hundreds of thousands of vitamins, minerals and enzymes in our world of whole foods and these 4 are not the entire story. Calcium is super important, but the amount that is actually taken

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