Back To School Lunch

Eating some foods can actually damage your brain over time  and impair

learning ability and impair memory.  I find it ironic that in public

school lunches dangerous ingredients and foods are served to our

children and passed off as “healthy”.  Food such as salad dressings,

fries,  juices, ketchup,  and especially any food that contains fructose

or high fructose corn syrup.

In a 2012 UCLA study published in the Journal of Physiology, researchers

found that a diet high in fructose over time can damage memory and

learning ability. Beyond harm to your brain, it’s well known that high

fructose diets can cause insulin resistance.  Again, over time, this can

lead to type-2 diabetes, extra body fat and extra belly fat.  A high

fructose diet  detrimentally affects your triglyceride levels in your

blood as well as small dense LDL particles that cause plaque in your

arteries.  Here comes increased heart disease.

It’s time to toss away the cans of soda pop,  energy drinks, bowls of

corn syrup sweetened ice cream,  sweetened juice drinks, orange juice,

processed junk foods as well as HFS that’s added to store-bought salad

dressings, breads, cereals, and condiments like ketchup, salad

dressings, cakes, candy, ice cream and yogurt.

Sports drinks even though marketed as healthy can have large amounts of

corn syrup or crystalline fructose as their main sweetener. Don’t be

fooled by pictures showing pro athletes guzzling this stuff.  It comes

down to money not health.

Did you know that agave syrup and agave nectar are one of the most

concentrated forms of processed fructose sweeteners?

Natural whole fruits do contain fructose but in smaller quantities than

what you would find in soft drinks, sweetened junk foods or in sweetned

juices.  Fruit can contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber which

helps counteract negative effects of fructose. However, It is still a

good idea to keep consumption of fruit to 1 to 2 pieces a day and eat

more vegetables.

Trans fats are strong inflammatory agents.  They damage cell membranes

throughout your body.  Hydrogenated oils in processed foods and deep

fried foods are popular sources. How often is a serving of French Fries

used as a vegetable source in school lunches?

Mercury comes from fish that are high on the food chain such as tuna,

shark,  and swordfish.  Limit these types of fish and focus more on

salmon (not farm fed), trout, cod, and halibut.  Avoid breaded fish.

Wheat-based foods—Dr. William Davis in his book “Wheat Belly”, states

that wheat is addictive.  This is why people have a difficult time

giving up breads, cereals, pasta, muffins, etc.  Wheat contains

compounds termed “exorphins” that  have an effect in your brain similar

to opiate drugs. Brain mapping done by Dr. Amen shows damage to the

Frontal Lobes of the brain from eating bread and wheat products. He

tributes the damage seen in his brain mapping from exorphins, gluten,

and other ingredients such as wide spread allergies.  He says that

eating gluten free does not solve the problem of brain damage.  The

foods must be eliminated from the diet.

What is the solution?  A change of mind set about food.  Consider

packing  your children’s  school lunch and your own.  You can control

the choices of food, and the ingredients in those food choices.  It

requires time, energy, and thought, but then isn’t the health of our

children and the health of your brain worth it?