Why Do Kids Need To Eat A Diet High In Fruits And Vegetables?
With the cells rapidly replicating and developing, children are very sensitive to the damaging effects of certain foods. Additionally children who overeat are at greater risk for adult cancer. Dr. Fuhrman cites the "Boyd Orr Study
" which showed that children in the highest quartile of fruit intake had a 60% decreased risk of all adult cancers over the age of 50.
"Disease Proof Your Child": Summary
Most people know the book Eat To Live, which has become a very popular diet book. But Dr. Fuhrman has also written a book called "Disease-Proof Your Child
" in which he explores in detail the link between childhood diet and health. There are profound short term and long term effects.
The most striking of the book are some of the statistics he presents, and these really hit me (and if you have watched the Disney Channel recently promote healthy eating during some of their valuable ad slots you will realize that they know these stats as well)
-The total caloric intake of natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, raw nuts is less than 5% in the average child in the US. As this percentage increases, occurrence and risk of disease decreases
-Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer and is the second most common cause of death in children. Low consumption of vegetables and fruits before and during pregnancy has been linked to this
-Taking supplements alone is not sufficient- we need the total package of "micronutrients" in foods to ward off disease.
-Allergies and autoimmune diseases are strongly linked to high consumption of refined and processed foods
-Sugar, butter and cheese contribute the most calories to children's diets in the US.
-Cheese consumption has tripled in America in the last 30 years
Most of us know that generally we need to "feed our kids better", but a book like this really helps to spell out in detail why we need to make this a priority. A lot of the work we do with our various coaching programs on PEERtrainer
has to do with developing deep reasons to do something. If you have children, or plan to, you will want to take a look at this book to really develop the why
and also get some great tips on how
to actually implement a better diet.
Disease-Proof Your Child is available in paperback
now. You can also get a hardcover version
, and they have recently put in on a 5 CD audio set
to listen to in your car. It cites study after study, and has 16 pages of footnotes citing various studies, in addition to many chapters on very practical questions and suggestions.