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A Pediatric Specialist on Processed Foods

I know very well that a whole-foods plant-based diet is the ideal everyday-for-life diet. Hubby and I cook and enjoy a vegetarian meal about three or four nights a week, sometimes more. Heck, we get excited about things like brussel sprouts and broccoli rabbe. 

But our kids’ diet is not as ideal. Somehow, somewhere along the line, we created a boy who lives for bacon, and a girl who begs for bread with butter. 

No, Babygirl has never, ever, in her entire five-and-half years of life on this earth, ingested meat. (It’s been an inherent aversion since her infancy; who knows why.) Yeah, they also love fruit and yogurt, so we shop accordingly, and push the produce. 

Despite these healthy tendencies, our kids get a fair amount of processed foods: Babyboy and cured meats; Babygirl and white (can’t be wheat) bread. 

While I wish we could eliminate those unhealthy foods, we… just haven’t

We console ourselves when we see them snatch an apple as a snack; snarf the slices of orange/ peach/ mango that we set before them; grab grapes right from the grocery cart; or reach into the bag for handfuls of frozen blueberries. 

Still… there’s plenty of processed food regardless. So it’s nice to read a post by a respected physician writer and fellow mom Dr. Deborah Burton, titled The Processed Food Epidemic: 6 Ways to Counteract the Effects. She’s a pedi ENT who knows of what she speaks! Her blog is full of interesting and useful material, check it out

My son sharing his dinner of bacon drizzled with maple syrup.

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