STRONG KIDS, HEALTHY KIDS
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Strong Kids, Healthy Kids
Author:       Fredrick Hohn
Publisher:  Amacom, 2009

Hohn expresses his concern for corn syrup in the American diet.  Corn syrup, which is actually a fructose, was once believed to be good for our bodies. Over the last few years, researchers have found that fructose and high fructose promotes disease.





Hohn expresses his concern for corn syrup in the American diet.  Corn syrup, which is actually a fructose, was once believed to be good for our bodies.  Over the last few years, researchers have found that fructose and high fructose promotes disease.


Fructose is bad for our bodies because it is metabolized in the liver.  The liver isn’t made to process a lot of sugar.  Fructose inhibits (holds back) white cells performance.  White blood cells help fight infections, disease, common colds and other germ invasions.  If white cell performance is being compromised, the health of the child is compromised.




Some of Fredrick Hohn’s suggestions are:



Don’t microwave food because it destroys vital nutrients.  Use olive oil to cook with.  Use sesame seed oil or coconut oil for deep fat frying.



Hohn explained that 75% of American’s are dehydrated and not getting enough water because we substitute other liquids for water.  It is important that we drink water because our bodies are 50% to 65% water.  Hohn also explained that our thirst mechanism is so weak that we mistake being thirsty for being hungry and suggests this is why there are so many overweight adolescents.



Being mildly dehydrated causes our metabolism to be slowed by 3%.  A lack of water also causes daytime fatigue.  A 2% drop in body water will cause fuzziness, short term memory loss, problems with basic math and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or on a written page.



Our brain is 85% water and our blood is 90% water.  Therefore WATER IS FOOD!



B12 is needed for our nervous system and is only found in meat, eggs and dairy.



The American diet consumes way too much soda.  There is 10 tsps of sugar in one soda.  This is twenty times more sugar than normal for a child’s blood.  Some children consume 2 and 3 sodas a day.


Parents need to be educated about why eating certain foods are good and why some are bad.  They need to teach this to their children so that they will be able to make better choices when parents aren’t around.


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