HOW JUNK FOOD AFFECTS YOUR KIDS

 

Dear Friend,

Quick question for you…

Do you eat junk food at all during the week?
If you’re like most people, you probably do,
even if it’s a small amount.

That’s why you might be surprised at what
you’ll discover in today’s article…

Yours For Health,
Shane Shiels
Shashido Enterprises
Adelaide’s Premier Health & Fitness Expert

Yet Another Good Reason To Steer Clear
 Of Junk Food

You already know ‘junk’ food isn’t good
for you or your well-being.

It?s calorie density, doesn?t deliver the kind
of nutrition your body needs, and in excess
it can wreak havoc on your health.

But if that’s not a good reason enough to stay
clear of the stuff, here’s a recent study that
gives us one more…

Published in the March 2013 edition of The
FASEB Journal, this study looked at what
might happen when pregnant mothers eat
junk food.

To come to their conclusions, the researchers
studied the pups of two groups of rats. The
mothers of the first group were fed a regular,
healthy diet throughout their pregnancy. The
second group of mums were fed a wide range
of human ‘junk’ foods, also during their pregnancy.

Once both groups of pups stopped nursing,
researchers gave them daily injections of opioid
receptor blockers. Simply put, these blockers help
prevent the brain from releasing dopamine – the
‘feel good’ hormone that comes as a result of doing
or consuming anything pleasurable (think: eating a
big meal, having a glass of wine, eating
a piece of chocolate, receiving a loving hug, etc.).

Giving the pups these injections gave researchers a
good way to ‘level’ the playing field when it came to
comparing both groups of pups. As it turned out,
despite the daily injections, the first group of pups
(the ones whose mums ate a healthy diet during pregnancy)
ate less total fat and sugar.

This is due to the fact that their brains received the
‘feel good’ signal fairly soon, so they didn’t have
to eat a lot to get pleasure from it.

The second group of pups however (the ones whose
mums were fed ‘junk’ food) still ate more fat and
sugar than the first group – even with the daily injections.

Because these pups’ mums had eaten junk food while
pregnant, their brains were already desensitised to the
pleasure gained from eating fatty and sugary foods.
Put more bluntly, the second group of pups were already
junk food addicts, from birth! [1]

Think of it this way: It’s like when you try coffee or any
other kind of caffeine-containing beverage for the first
time. At first, even just a little gives you quite a ‘buzz.’

But as soon as you turn it into a daily habit, it’s going to
take MORE caffeine for you to get anything remotely close
to that first ‘buzz’ you experienced. That’s because over
time – just like the ‘junk food’ pups – your receptors become
desensitised over time.

That’s why the results of this study are so significant
– if you’re a pregnant mother, you should watch what
you eat!

It really CAN affect your children.

Gerald Weissmann, M.D. – the Editor-In-Chief of The FASEB
Journal, said it best: “This study shows that addiction to junk
food is true addiction. Junk food engages the same body
chemistry as opium, morphine or heroin. Sad to say, junk
food during pregnancy turns the kids into junk food junkies.” [1]

Instead of being a junk food ‘junkie’ or risk turning your kids
into junk food ‘junkies,’ develop an overall healthy lifestyle.
Learn to love to cook simple, easy-to-cook, delicious meals.
Make eating nutritious, all-natural foods a priority.

Incidentally, this is also the best way to get your kids to eat healthy.

According to a recent Michigan State University study, published
in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the most effective
way to making eating healthy a habit in your children is to do
it yourself and lead by example. [2]

Sharon Hoerr, one of the authors of the study states:

“Mothers should stop forcing or restricting their kids’ eating’
They’d be better off providing a healthy food environment,
adopting balanced eating habits themselves and covertly
controlling their children’s diet quality by not bringing less
healthy foods into the house.”

So there you have it – yet ANOTHER reason not to eat junk
food. It can turn your kids into junk food addicts. And if you
yourself are a junk food addict, do what you can to wean
yourself off.

Little by little, start eating less junk and more unprocessed,
“good” foods. Do that, and before you know it, you’ll have
kicked the habit and your health and those around you will
be better for it!

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References:

[1]. [1] J. R. Gugusheff, Z. Y. Ong, B. S. Muhlhausler.
A maternal “junk-food” diet reduces sensitivity to the
opioid antagonist naloxone in offspring postweaning.
The FASEB Journal, 2012; DOI: 10.1096/fj.12-217653

[2] M. Murashima, S. L. Hoerr, S. O. Hughes, S. A. Kaplowitz.
Feeding behaviors of low-income mothers: directive
control relates to a lower BMI in children, and a nondirective
control relates to a healthier diet in preschoolers1,3.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2012; 95 (5):
1031 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.111.024257

Quote Corner

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.
” -Ralph Marston

Eat Yourself Thin

Chicken Fiesta Salad
(Serves Four)

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (3gms) packet dry fajita seasoning, divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (425gms) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (312gms) can Mexican-style corn
1/2 cup salsa
1 (305gms) package mixed salad greens
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, cut into wedges

1. Rub chicken evenly with 1/2 the fajita seasoning.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook
the chicken 8 minutes on each side, or until juices
run clear; set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, mix beans, corn, salsa and
other 1/2 of fajita seasoning. Heat over medium
heat until warm.

3. Prepare the salad by tossing the greens, onion
and tomato. Top salad with chicken and dress with
the bean and corn mixture.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Ready: 40 mins

Amount Per Serving – Calories: 311 / Total Fat:
6.4g / Cholesterol: 36mg / Sodium: 1606mg /
Total Carbs: 42.2g / Dietary Fibre: 10.5g /
Protein: 23g

Recipe from AllRecipes.com.

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