Choices Natural Market updates

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One of the most important things you can do for your kids as they head back to school is feed them a hearty breakfast and pack them a healthy, chemical-free lunch.

As you send them off to school, please keep in mind that what they eat has a major effect on their ability to learn and process information. More than *2,000 additives are used in food to make it look prettier, taste better, last longer and save manufacturers money. Many of these harmful food additives can trigger behavioral problems or cause immune system breakdown .

According to the book ADD/ADH Diet by Rachel Bell and Dr. Howard Peiper, many children are diagnosed with ADD/ADH and put on medication, when in fact, their behavior is merely a result of what is being put into their bodies. It is amazing how food affects behavior. In many cases, a food allergy is to blame for poor grades and inability to concentrate. One of the major behavior-altering ingredients that I hear about from parents is artificial coloring. This has caused everything from seizures to hives and violent behavior in many children whose parents I have spoken with.

If you or a teacher suspect that your child may have ADD/ADH, before you put them on medication, monitor their eating habits and how different foods or ingredients affect their behavior. By changing their diet, you may be able to avoid prescription medication.

Before you pack that fruit roll-up or Hi-C in their lunch box or feed them that bowl of Fruit Loops, read the ingredients. When you add up all those chemicals, preservatives and grams of sugar, you may be surprised at the amount of junk being put into their little bodies. You can find chemical-free alternatives for most of the foods they love; they may even like them better. You can find everything you need to pack a chemical-free lunch at Choices Natural Market; from hormone- and antibiotic-free lunch meat, chemical free cheese balls and juice boxes to a no-chemical cereal that rivals Lucky Charms and tastes just as good, if not better.

Food ingredients to avoid

Adapted from The ADD/ ADHD Diet by Rachel Bell and Dr. Howard Peiper M..D.

BHT/BHA. These petroleum products are used to stabilize fats in foods. In the process of metabolizing BHA and BHT, chemical changes occur in the body. These changes have been reported to cause reduced growth rate in animal studies and the inhibition of white blood cell stimulation, which may put the immune system in jeopardy. In humans, BHA/BHT may cause skin blisters, hemorrhaging of the eye, weakness, discomfort in breathing, cancer and reduction of the body’s own antioxidant enzyme, glutamine peroxidase.

Artificial Color

Approximately 95 percent of the synthetic colorings used in the U.S. are coal tar derivatives. Red #40 is a possible carcinogen. Yellow #6 causes increased susceptibility to fatal viruses in animals. Dyes are stored by the body tissues for a long time and are difficult to remove.

Propylene Glycol

Used as a de-icing fluid for airplanes, this chemical is added to food and skin products to maintain texture and moisture as well as inhibiting bacteria growth in the product. This additive inhibits the growth of “friendly” bacteria in your intestines and decreases the amount of moisture in the intestinal tract possibly leading to constipation and diseases of the colon.

Sodium Nitrate

Used in the curing of meats, this substance participates in a chemical reaction in the body that may become carcinogenic. Studies have linked nitrates to depression.


This substance is used to prevent fat and oil products from going rancid and also keeps fruits and vegetables from turning brown. When present in excess, it can cause kidney damage and chemical imbalance. Excess EDTA can also mimic certain vitamin deficiencies.


MSG has been found to damage the retina in infant rats, and destroy nerve cells of an area of the brain known as the hypothalamus. Some humans who react to MSG exhibit headaches, tightness in the chest and burning sensations in the extremities. Hidden sources of MSG can be Hydrolyzed Protein, Sodium Caseinate or Calcium Caseinate, Autolyzed Yeast or Yeast Extract and Gelatin.

Nutrasweet (aspartame)

This sugar substitute has been reported to cause recurrent headaches, mental aberrations, seizures, suicidal tendencies, behavioral disorders, birth defects, skin lesions and urinary bladder disturbances. Other disorders may include malaise, nausea, headaches, dizziness, visual disturbances and convulsions.

Insecticides and Pesticides

Pesticides used in agriculture or at home can alter our biological condition and have been known to produce animal and bird mutations. Pesticides may trigger behavioral problems in people with chemical sensitivities, and may directly affect the central nervous system.

A 2003 study from the University of Washington found that preschool children who ate organic food had one-sixth the concentration of pesticides in their bodies as did children who ate conventionally-grown food. In the study, children who ate organic food had pesticide exposure levels below EPA safety standards, while the children who ate conventional diets tested above those standards.

A recent study of more than 2,000 children revealed that children who drink organic milk are less likely to develop asthma and allergies. This is due to the high levels of antibiotics found in conventional milk.

Choices Natural Market is located at 6551 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford, IL 61114; phone 815-282-1861 or e-mail at Store Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

from the Sept. 12 – 18, 2007, issue

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