UNDERNOURISHMENT / MALNOURISHMENT
IS REALLY HARMING OUR CHILDREN
Among high school students, only 23.6 % (percent)
of males and only 20.3 % (percent) of females eat
five or more services of Fruits and Vegetables per
day. This simply means that close to 80 %(percent)
of our teenagers are missing out on the antioxidant-rich protection that these live-foods provide their bodies with. On the other hand, 25 % (percent) of the vegetables eaten in the USA are french fries, a starchy, highly-glycemic (fast to become sugar) - thus very fattening - food, that has scientifically proven to be the second most-potent producer of health-damaging free radicals (first one is cigarette smoking).
Seventy percent (70 %) of USA kids –ages 6 to 8-think that fast food is better for them than home cooking.
Did you know that a 1957 restaurant hamburger had 210 calories while today’s “bigger” version contains an average of 618 calories?
When they eat fast food, our youngsters consume mostly
nutritionally-empty calories (lots of them), bad fats and simple carbohydrates in the form of fattening starchy foods and added-sugar sweetened beverages. By eating this way, they’re becoming malnourished and undernourished, as they are getting no antioxidants, no dietary fiber, no good quality protein and no good (omega-3) fats.
Besides harming their health, undernourishment impacts the behavior of children, their school performance and their ability to concentrate and perform complex tasks.
Dr. Augusto Agostini
Ph. D. in Nutrition