I ran across a couple lists in Dr. Fuhrman’s “Disease-Proof Your Child” that gave me pause–lists of the worst foods to feed your child and the best foods to feed your child. I decided to use these lists as a kind of evaluation for how I’m doing with nutrition in our household.
The 5 Most Dangerous Things to Feed Your Child
1. Butter and Cheese–Since eliminating dairy, there’s none in our home. I used to give my toddler cheese on a daily basis, though. I worry about the potential impact of all that cheese (and whole milk) on her future health.
2. Potato Chips and French Fries–No, although we do eat multigrain corn chips.
3. Doughnuts and other trans fat-containing sweets–NO trans fats in this house!
4. Sausages, hot dogs, and other luncheon meats–No, although my husband stills likes his turkey deli meat sandwiches.
5. Pickled, smoked, or barbequed meats–No, in fact, my daughter has never liked the charcoal taste of barbequed meat.
Grade: B+, because although my kid isn’t eating any of it now, she was eating a lot of cheese, and she did eat deli meat from time to time.
The 5 Best Things to Feed Your Child
1. Berries–Yes, in smoothies most days
2. Greens–Sometimes in smoothies
3. Seeds–Yes, and she loves nuts
4. Beans–Mostly in the form of hummus
5. Tomatoes–Yes, in the form of salsa, and she likes spaghetti sauce
Grade: C+, because she needs to eat more raw, whole foods. Purees are great, but whole foods rule.
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5. Flax Seeds
6. Green Lettuce
8. Sesame Seeds
Grade: 70% most weeks