The Mauimama issue 19 – Editorial
There is nothing quite like a good meal. I once ate a spaghetti dish in Bologna, Italy that made my whole body tingle euphorically, and don’t get me started on the gelato over there.
Everybody has to eat! We need the vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, calories, glucose, water etc., etc… for our bodies to have the energy to continue its growth, bodily functions and exchanges and keep us going. The body is the vehicle in which our spirit can survive. But just like the different fuel you can put in your car, what fuel we put in our bodies makes a huge difference to how this vehicle functions.
The right foods can be very powerful. Organic is a great buzzword of the 21st century. The growing of food with the absence of synthetic materials, traces of which are found in the non-organic food we are eating. 70% of the antibiotics sold in the USA go to the animals we eat, especially pigs and chickens. It is great for speeding up growth and preventing illness, but studies now show that trace amounts of the antibiotics stay in the animals meat and is then consumed by us. This also applies to the hormones they are feeding their livestock.
Preservatives are also everywhere, which are great for keeping food fresh and looking more appealing, but these preservatives can be carcinogenic (may increase your risk of developing cancer), and invoke respiratory, immunological and other metabolic complications (Christina Hardaway, M.D.).
When it comes to buying food for our children keeping it simple is a good guide, i.e., buy food with the least ingredients added and try and avoid foods with ingredients that have long chemical names. What we feed our children now will be the building blocks for their health in the future, and will set up lifelong eating habits both good or bad. It is one way we can truly make a difference in our little one’s life today and years down the road. Now if we could only just figure out how to change the taste buds of children, so they will actually eat what we give them!
I hope you enjoy this issue of The Mauimama and have a great month!
Above are some great Maui keiki enjoying their food!
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