Food Marketing to Children – A Health Risk Needing Attention

Food Marketing to Children works for the Food Companies

“Current food and beverage marketing practices put children’s long-term health at risk.” National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, 2006

The overwhelming majority of foods marketed to children are of poor nutritional quality.

Three-quarters (73%) of the foods advertised on television shows intended for children are for convenience/fast foods and sweets.

On Nickelodeon, the most popular children’s television station, ads for foods of poor nutritional quality decreased only modestly from before self-regulation went into effect (2005) to after (2012), from about 90% to 70% of food ads.

Only one-quarter of chain restaurants that market to children have food marketing policies and none of those address toys. Yet, 97% of children’s meals at the top U.S. restaurant chains are of poor

CLICK HERE for a great handout from the Center for Science in the Public Interest

For more information, please visit www.foodmarketing.org HERE

SOURCE – Founded in 1971, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is perhaps the oldest independent, science-based consumer advocacy organization with an impressive record of accomplishments and a clear and ambitious agenda for improving the food system to support healthy eating.

Digestive Help for the Holidays

Want some digestive help for the holidays? Over 100 million American’s suffer from digestive upset. Maintaining a healthy digestive system year round can be difficult for anyone. Maintaining it during the holiday season is a whole other game. Between the months of October and January, consuming more unhealthy fats,sugars, and extra holiday treats is the norm.  Consequently, these eating habits can lead to digestive issues including upset stomach, diarrhea, heartburn and acid reflux. Watch my video to learn ways to keep a healthy digestive system!

Meanwhile, here are some Holiday Eating Tips to prevent digestive problems over the holiday season.

1.    Eat slowly. This allows your body to recognize when you’re full.

2. Limit processed foods. Too many processed foods can cause “bad” bacteria and yeast growth inside your stomach. This extra bacteria and yeast collide with good bacteria and wreak havoc.

3. Drink more water; limit soda and alcohol.Water keeps your digestive track on point.

4. Keep yourself active.  During the holiday season, it’s easy to be a couch potato. Try taking a social walk with your family to keep your digestive track active.

5. Take your probiotic every day.

6. Fill up on fiber! Fiber is a prebiotic that acts as a fertilizer for the good bacteria it also helps you feel fuller longer. Lots of leafy greens and vegetables have fiber galore!

Consider this Easy Gift of Health this Xmas

It’s a wonderful chance to educate and inspire those we love to eat a little cleaner. I am so excited that I found an easy and healthy recipe WITH CHOCOLATE that I can make as a gift to my local friends and family. My Coconut Cacao Real Food Balls need no cooking and all the ingredients are Organic, Gluten Free and Non GMO. Click HERE for the recipe. I even made them in my kitchen this weekend as a gift I give you each step along the way.

I will deliver my delicious treats WITH the recipe because I KNOW people want to eat healthier and they think it is too hard! As a result my  little recipe card will inspire and motivate!

Most of these ingredients I bought from Costco which has become the number one seller of organic food in the country! Consequently, Costco has become one of my most favorite places to shop. Remember Costco’s selection varies by location and season!