4/20 CHALLENGE: You are what you eat – so what are you eating?

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Our modern diet is more complicated than ever before. More and more families are choosing natural and organic foods to protect their family’s health. You can too by taking simple steps.

Your challenge:
Spend a few minutes this week learning about your food. Read a label!

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Directions:
Pick at least one convenience food your family often eats (something packaged like macaroni and cheese, processed snack foods, canned soup or frozen entrees).

Read the entire label. What health claims are being made? Do you know what they mean? What are the ingredients? Do you recognize them?

Next time you’re at the store, look for a product that has the USDA Organic Seal. What are the ingredients? Do you recognize them?

To find out more about eating organically and whether you could be making healthier food choices for your family watch this video, read this article, and visit this website.

Tips:
Use the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guide to the nutrition facts label.

Refer to the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Chemical Cuisine glossary to learn about common food additives.

Quickly identify food additives to avoid by using this guide.

There’s an app for that! Check out this app: Don’t Eat That- Although not all inclusive, Don’t Eat That provides you with useful information on over 1500 food additives and ingredients, allowing you to make a more informed decision about what you eat.

Fast Facts:
The FDA requires that all ingredients be listed on a food’s label, but additives are often listed without specificity, as “spices” or “flavorings,” making it difficult for consumers to determine what, exactly, they are eating.

USDA Certified Organic foods cannot include artificial additives.

How your family will benefit from this challenge:
The more practice you get reading food labels, the better you can become in using them as a tool to plan a healthy diet.

Children’s developing bodies are especially vulnerable to questionable additives, so learning which ones to avoid will help you protect your family’s health.

You’ll be setting the stage for a healthier future for your whole family.

Share your experience!
What did you learn? Your story can help inspire others to live healthier! Please share your tips and trials. Here’s how:

  • Talk about it on Facebook. Share a story about this challenge using @healthy_child and/or @stonyfield.
  • Tweet about it. Use the #ezorganic hashtag to give a quick example, tip, or link.

This blog post is part of the Easy Organic Living program co-hosted by Baby Center and Healthy Child Healthy World and sponsored by Stonyfield.

 

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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cat and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.

Comments

  1. I’ve tried reading the labels.  My husband gets peeved that I take too long in the store.  So I just rely on my common sense.  I try and buy fresh everything.  We don’t have a lot of boxed foods in the pantry except for cereal for the kids.  My pantry is mostly full of spices.  Which mean, unfortunately, that fridge space is at a premium.

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