New research is creating more reasons for you to think
twice before feeding processed foods to your children,
or eating it yourself for that matter. If you are struggling
to change your family’s diet to raw foods, there
is new evidence for why you may want to make the change
sooner rather than later. A diet consisting of mostly
processed foods is causing fatty liver disease in the
young. Liver disease, primarily found in older adults,
is now becoming a disease found in children. All this
is being caused by the increase of processed
foods in our diet.
A six month research
project led by David S. Ludwig, director of the Optimal
Weight for Life program at Children’s Hospital Boston
was published in the September issue of the journal Obesity.
The research was conducted on two groups of mice. Both
groups were fed the exact same caloric intake but fed
different starches. One group was fed processed high glycemic
index (HGI) foods and the other, unprocessed low glycemic
index (LGI) foods.
Glycemic load is a measure of how much a typical serving
size of a particular food raises blood sugar. The higher
the GI, the faster the food releases glucose.” This
rapid release of glucose causes the body to release more
insulin, which in turn causes the body to store fat. Examples
of HGI foods are processed foods such as white rice, foods
containing white flour, and even overly processed whole
grains. LGI foods consist of mainly unprocessed foods
such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains.
At the end of the study, both groups of mice weighed the
same, but the HGI group had higher body fat, more fat
in their blood, and about twice as much fat in their liver.
This research has shown that processed
food is causing liver disease in many children. While
no symptoms are showing in some, it is leading the way
for fatal liver
disease later in life. There is major concern among
health officials that this could be the new health epidemic
of the future.
According to an article
from CanWest News Service, a 10 year old girl became the
first child diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in 2000.
Now in 2007, liver disease is being found in 5-7 year
olds with the youngest child reported being two years
old. Fatty liver disease is now showing up in approximately
one in every three obese children.
The question is, how will the health care industry react
to this news? Will they encourage consumers to change
to mostly unprocessed raw
foods, or will they label this as a unique disease?
companies can then create a new drug marketed to children,
in cherry and grape flavors, creating consumers of these
drugs for life.
One thing to keep in mind is that Glycemic
Index isn’t everything. Some HGI foods are good
for you, such as dates, parsnips, and watermelon. On the
other hand, some LGI foods such as Peanut M&Ms, Snickers
bars, and low-fat ice cream are not good for you and should
be avoided. Glycemic Index is just one more factor to
consider when selecting a healthy diet. The main point
of this research is that a diet of mostly processed foods
is causing liver disease even in the very young. To avoid
or possibly reverse fatty liver disease, it is important
to eat a diet that consists of mostly raw foods.
If you are still eating a diet mostly of processed foods
because of their convenience, you may want to consider
the inconvenience of the end result. Processed foods are
being marketed to fit our hectic lifestyle while silently
setting us up to fall prey to the other multi-billion
dollar industry, the pharmaceutical companies. We need
to be cautious of both industries. They both are getting
rich at the expense of our health and that of our children.
This research clearly demonstrates that eating a raw
food diet is not just another fad diet NewsTarget
is promoting, but rather a necessity for the future health
of everyone, including our children. The truth is the
safest foods are those that do not have a label of ingredients.
We need to rethink how we shop for food, what we eat,
and most of all the future health of our children. How
we eat and think about food today will affect how our
children eat and think about food as adults. When it comes
to diet, their health truly is in our hands. As this new
research has proven, providing children with raw foods
can literally save their lives.