In the 1970s, the United States government exposed US children to increase health risks. That was when sugar manufacturers paid lobbyists to make sure that fat was regarded as the villain causing people to become overweight and obese. As you know, being overweight, and especially obese, dramatically raises your risk of contracting or developing a long list of dangerous and possibly deadly diseases, infections and illness.
Fat was claimed to be the nutrition evil causing many health problems in America. Sugar was proclaimed as a healthy addition to the food that also packs a lot of flavors. Unfortunately, and the sugar manufacturers knew this, fat does not make you fat, sugar does. Before this proclamation, childhood-onset diabetes virtually did not exist. The rise of this debilitating disease accompanies sugar consumption since the 1970s, mirroring its growth.
What does the dangerous and negative impact of sugar on your child’s life have to do with using a plant-based diet for weight loss?
It reminds us that man-made, processed chemicals, like sugar, are not present in natural, plant-based whole foods. There are sugars in some whole foods, predominantly in fruits, but they are in manageable quantities. Refined sugar, salt, MSG, trans fats, artificial flavorings and unnatural chemicals created in laboratories are ever-present in processed foods, which are causing so many health concerns in our children. They are absent from plant-based whole foods.
Eating plant-based, whole foods does not cause any of the health problems a processed food diet does.
The human body was designed to eat foods that are present in nature. These foods were not intended to be grown in soil full of chemicals, sprayed with pesticides, injected with salt, sugar and other flavoring ingredients, and further processed until they deliver virtually none of the nutrients, minerals, enzymes and healthy natural ingredients they do when they are found in nature.
When your child eats processed foods, he invariably gains weight.
This is because 70% to 75% of all the food at your local grocery store has sugar in it. You may be trying very hard to give your children healthy meals, but if you are serving processed food, you are fighting a losing battle, and your child’s health is paying the price.
Natural foods, whole foods, and plant-based foods suffer from little human interference. They are as close to their natural state as possible. Because of this, they have massive amounts of nutrition, enzymes, vitamins and other healthy components that your children’s bodies are craving. Not only is a plant-based, whole foods diet acceptable for children as a weight-loss device, but it also leads to other significant health benefits that allow your children to lead a happy, healthy life.
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