Making better food choices is a journey of baby steps. For example, maybe you get rid of all artificial dyes and then move on to a new ingredient. Or, maybe when you run out a product, you buy a better choice next time.
I have a post that will be helpful as you make a plan and determine where to start. You can view here.
Organic crops are not sprayed with glyphosate. The main culprits of glyphosate are the 5 crops that are genetically modified to thrive with glyphosate is sprayed on them. They are soy, sugar, corn, canola, and cotton. Oats and wheat are often sprayed as well. They are sprayed with glyphosate 7-10 days before harvest to dry them out.
Books: How Not to Die-Dr. Michael Greger, Eat to Beat Disease-Dr. William W. Li, Life-Changing Foods-Anthony William, and Eat Dirt-Dr. Josh Axe
Documentaries: Stink (Netflix) and Secret Ingredients (Amazon)
Websites: PubMed, NIH, and EWG.org all have great information
One great resource to use to look up products you are curious about is EWG.org. their database includes thousands of products. You can also look up specific ingredients you see on your labels. They will grade your products on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most toxic). You also might see some products on a letter scale from A-F.
Natural flavors are tricky because it is an unregulated term with no real meaning. They are way better than artificial flavors, but they often still contain a bunch of unneeded ingredients. Unfortunately, natural flavoring is in so many of the “better choices” so it is difficult to avoid, but when I can avoid it, I LOVE it.
Costco, Sprouts, Harmon’s, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Aldi, and Kroger owned grocery stores are some of my favorites. Online shops such as Brandless, Thrive Market, Grove, and Public Goods all have great products too, but, as always, check ingredient labels.
There is no reason to demonize food. I don’t like living in extremes. If I never allowed them to have it, I could be teaching them things that could build a negative relationship with food. I feed them the best possible way I know how in my home. I try to buy the “better choice” when given the option. But, when they enjoy a treat with friends or at school, they enjoy it and we move on. Kids will recognize how junk food makes their body feel!
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