Tips on feeding children safe foodWant to get your family up to speed on green living quickly? Start with breakfast, lunch, and dinner by planning meals and choosing foods that are less likely to be contaminated. Here's how:
Aim for a balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and grains.
A balanced diet keeps children in tip-top shape so their bodies remove toxins as efficiently as possible and their organs and brain develop normally. Adopt the Mothers & Others New Green Diet.
Reduce consumption of animal foods and choose low-fat versions.
Some of the most toxic food contaminants accumulate in meats, fish, eggs and dairy products, especially those that are high in fat. You needn't abandon these foods altogether, especially since they contain essential nutrients. In preparing and cooking:
- Trim all fats and skin on meats.
- Broil meats and fish so that the fats drain away from the meat. Avoid frying, which will lock in the contaminants.
Many fish species contain toxins that can cause cancer and brain damage, including mercury, PCBs, dioxins. When you buy:
- Use CHEC's Safe Fish Checklist to choose the safest fish.
- Obtain local fish consumption advisories for mercury, PCBs or other toxins by checking your state's consumption advisory. Our list of State Fish Consumption Advisory Links can help.
Certified organic foods have been grown and processed without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
Choose foods that are less likely to contain toxins.
According to Consumers Union, these are: bananas, broccoli, canned peaches, canned and frozen peas, canned and frozen corn, milk, orange juice, apple juice and grape juice.
Wash all fruits and vegetables well and peel them to remove surface chemicals.
Breastfeed your infant as long as possible.
While breast milk exposes infants to chemical pollutants that concentrate in human fat, such as DDT and dioxin, experts agree that it is the healthiest thing to feed your baby. The American Academy of Pediatricians Policy on Breastfeeding recommends that infants be breastfed for at least one year. For more information on breast milk and its contaminants, see the Natural Resource Defense Council's report on breast milk.
Content provider: This content is provided by Healthy Child Healthy World, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of children from harmful environmental exposures.