Invisible Chemicals in Food Making Children Fat
Okay, we know our kids are eating junk food, but what we don’t know is that the chemicals in junk foods are contributing to making them fat. It wasn’t enough that calories, trans fat and High Fructose Corn Syrup contribute to childhood obesity. Now were told “obesogens are making kids fat!”
Dr. Oz devoted a program to “Obesogens: The Chemicals You’re Eating That Make You Fat” and Newsweek ran an article on September 11, “Born to be Big: Early exposure to chemical may be reprogramming kids to be fat.”
What in the world are obesogens?
One more reason to transform picky eaters
into healthy eaters…obesogens.
I wasn’t familiar with obesogens or endocrine disruptors, before looking it up on Wikipeia. I found “Obesogens are chemical compounds foreign to the body that are hypothesized to disrupt normal development or homeostasis of metabolism of lipids ultimately resulting in obesity. Obesogens may be functionally defined as chemicals that inappropriately alter lipid homeostasis and fat storage, change metabolic setpoints, disrupt energy balance or modify the regulation of appetite and satiety to promote fat accumulation and obesity.”
What all that means is obesogens promote obesity by altering the way you feel hunger and by increasing your fat cells. Obesogens are found in additives in processed foods, in the lining of cans (BPA), even in conventionally grown meat and farmed fish. Our food supply has been altered by the pesticides used on produce and the chemicals and hormones given to cattle. Now it turns out that this has produced toxins called obesogens which target three organs: the liver, brain and fat cells.
Not surprising children are most at risk of obesogens. Children under seven, pregnant women and their unborn babies, and people who are already overweight are most at risk because the more fat in your body, the more obesogen your body can store. What’s alarming is pregnant women eating foods high in obesogens end up programming their unborn children to make more fat cells.
Three Foods High in Obesogens:
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is the most common ingredient in processed foods, is an obesogen.
2. Conventionally raised animals and farm raised fish are foods which have obesogens stored in their fat. Atlantic Salmon is code for “farmed salmon.” Farmed fish contain more pesticides. Conventionally grown cattle have been fed Genetically Modified corn and hormones. To avoid this, purchase free-range, hormone-free and antibotic-free meats.
3. Water! Yikes, tap water. Pesticides are sprayed on crops and those pesticides go into the water table deep in the ground, which then makes its way into your tap water. Dr. Oz encourages everyone to get a granular activated carbon water filter (either the pitcher type that you store in your fridge or the faucet type that filters water as it comes out of the tap).
Fast food is obviously high in calories. I’ve never been a calorie counter, especially for children. My guiding principle has been to eat whole foods, then counting calories isn’t necessary. Now, it’s more important than ever to eat organic produce. Personal choice about what you eat has to now to weigh toxic chemicals in the food causing weight gain. I had no idea that chemicals called obesogens compounded the problem of fast foods. Just in case you needed one more reason to eat whole organic foods you now have obesogens.
Avoid Obesogens By:
Not using plastic food containers for your leftovers.
Don’t purchase food in cans with BPA.
Use a water filter.
Ask your butcher to wrap your meat in paper, rather than plastic or Styrofoam.
Don’t use plasticware (cups, utensils, etc.)
Avoid drinking water from plastic bottles.
Don’t use air fresheners, open the window instead.
Never use non-stick pans.
Buy grass-fed beef.
Eat more organic produce.
Cook at home, you have no control of food purchased out.