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When raising our children, we want to do the best for them, that means, of course providing for them the healthiest and most promising future. Nutrition is one of the best ways to ensure that your child will develop into a strong healthy and happy child. Some parents get overly protective, and tend to go overboard on a theory while not necessarily paying attention to the signs of development. Since science is relatively new and constantly changing it is important that we don’t get stuck on a philosophy and be versatile with our children’s needs.
While raw plant food is certainly the most effective way to get ultimate nutrition into the body, we must not forget the need for fats in brain development.
Most children do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, nuts (or fish) and way too much processed foods, they are not getting enough Omega 3′s which without the brain cells cannot communicate or work properly as the brain is trying to form new neural pathways during the learning process. Foods with Omega 3′s fatty acids help improve brain functioning and restore memory:
Hemp, chia, flaxseed, walnuts, broccoli, squash walnuts and beans (and of course salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring if you are so inclined)
Antioxidants help clean up the brain, they are like rust cleaners, they keep the rust off the brain- foods high in Vitamin E, vitamin C and alpha lipoic acids are good examples of antioxidant foods that children should be consuming.Vitamin E provides good blood circulation to the brain which enables good brain functioning.
High antioxidant foods keep the brain free and clear of free radicals-
High Sugar “cheap” foods are harming our children’s brains. With eating simple carbohydrates, a rise in blood sugar can be dangerous to brain development and the body- Complex Carbohydrates digests well and lower blood sugar. Carbohydrates also have been said to “fuel ” the brain:
Buckwheaties Recipe found on my Website.
“Complex carbs help evenly run our ‘engines’ without the spikes and roller coaster of simple sugars.”
While I cannot answer the question, how smart are raw kids?, I can tell you that children are what they eat. And, they deserve to be given the finest food and nutrition during their most rapid growth period. It is important to consider that when we reach for quick snacks or “cheap” foods on the go. Our children are our future, and their health and happiness is counting on the proper brain nutrition for them to thrive. I can promise you that my children are normal, they eat their fair share of “junk” food. But, with their awareness of food, and the dedication I have to serving them the best food when they are home will outweigh their desire for a SAD (Standard American Diet) life.