You probably already know that our kids are growing up in a pretty tough world, and part of the challenge is being certain what to feed your young ones.
Since the mid-1990s, food allergies have gone from a relative rarity to becoming increasingly commonplace.
What is responsible? Well, it just so happens that in 1996 GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) were introduced into our food supply. In 2000, 1% of the corn planted in the US had been genetically engineered; today it’s 90% – and 93% of all soy. These show up as ingredients in an enormous number of foods and sodas, under one name or another (think high fructose corn syrup or dextrose, for instance).
Does this mean GMOs are to blame? There is research indicates that this may be the case, but it’s not conclusive (details in the video below).
Of course, GMOs aren’t the only thing that has changed in our diets over the last 15-20 years. Many of our food choices these days are pretty questionable.
In fact, lots of our food practices are downright backward!
For instance, one nutrient widely known for its health benefits in adults has been all but eradicated from children’s diets, even though it is tremendously for helping kids to build healthy immune systems.
Watch the video below to learn which foods are best to avoid during your child’s first year of life – and what foods your kids should be getting more of.
What do you think – are GMOs to blame for the increase in food allergies?
Or could these allergies be part of a broad shift in our culture towards less healthy lifestyles?
And perhaps most importantly, what steps can you take to keep yourself and your family eating right? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!