- Ice Cream
- French Fries
- Fried Chicken
Most adults like these foods, but kids L-O-V-E this stuff. I touched on the food choices kids make (or their parents choose for them) on my post Baby Food to Chicken Fingers: A Disconnect.
Children think that these foods comprise a normal diet. Kids not only demand them, they think they are “kids foods”. Why is this? There’s no denying most kids like sugary candy more than adults do, but the other foods are only craved by them because of both their parents behavior, and their upbringing.
Most kids aren’t mature enough to understand the concepts of proper diet, nutrition, willpower, and restraint. When they find something they like, they will want it again and again, unless their parents teach them proper eating habits.
Unfortunately, most of the time these foods are introduced to kids, it is through a reward due to good behavior.
If you finish your homework you can have some ice cream!”
If you’re good today, maybe we can order pizza tonight!”
I enjoy his blog because I absolutely agree with his approach that proper diet is the key to disease reversal and prevention, as well as general health and weight loss.
No drugs, no tricks, just healthy food.
On Dr. Fuhrman’s post, he points out a study that reveals the sad truth about a group of 200 children in the U.K., aged 11-13 that were asked to identify 40 common fruits and vegetables.
Over a third of the children – 35% — weren’t able to identify celery.
- More than 20% didn’t know what a potato looked like.
- 5.5% (11 kids) didn’t recognize a carrot.
- A third (33%) of the boys couldn’t name the cucumber – though 90% of girls could.
I’m not so shocked by some of the other findings:
- Only 9% (18 kids) correctly recognized a turnip
- Only 8% (16 kids) knew what a pomegranate was
- Only 6.5% (13 kids) recognized an eggplant (called an aubergine in the UK)
- Only 3% (6 kids) could identify an artichoke
- And just 1% (2 kids) were able to spot a gooseberry
I agree with the author that the last few were not as suprising. What the heck is a gooseberry anyway?
I doubt the parents of these kids would have done much better at naming the foods.
What do you think?