Tips on how we know what is healthy and how to feed our kids?
The abundance of information available to parents these days can be confusing and daunting, especially when trying to figure out how to feed kids. Everywhere parents turn, there is a new fad diet, superfood, or study touting the best foods. Not to mention a walk down a grocery store aisle with all the different marketing techniques and labels can make a parent’s head spin.
Let’s go back in time a bit to our great, great, grandparents—a time before chronic disease was rampant—and investigate what they were eating. Our ancestors were relying mostly from the land to supply their food: harvesting what they could grow or forage and consuming animals that they hunted or cared for on their land. The actual foods themselves vary from region to region in the U.S. and around the world, but to the core, they were all the same. Dr. Price dentist and author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration (a recommended read for all people!) found that the foods consumed by natives were nutrient dense natural foods such as: meat with its fat, organ meats, whole unprocessed milk products from grass fed animals, fish, shellfish, whole grains, tubers, vegetables and fruit. All these foods contained 4 core fat soluble vitamins: A, D, E, and K2 in addition to minerals1. The packaged puffs, squeeze pouches, and cereals of today are a far cry from the foods our great, great, grandparents and ancestors were feeding their children.
Many of us have heard of these vitamins before but are not sure as to why they are so necessary for developing and growing children. Below is a list of these powerhouse vitamins and their functions in the body. Not surprisingly these vitamins can be found in real food, and the most bio-available forms of them, in animal foods. Keep reading to find out what types of foods contain these valuable vitamins.
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