Warning: Rant ahead.
It really chaps my hide that the products companies market to children are so toxic! Do they feed their products to their own kids? Take cereals, for example. They are so full of sugar (probably GMO sugar beet sugar or GMO High Fructose Corn Syrup) and many are made with GMO corn. They also contain chemicals used as preservatives.
They make them fun shapes and colors and add cute characters to their marketing and then put them on TV commercials during Saturday morning cartoons!! Then, when Mom or Dad take their kids to the grocery store, the kids see the colorful boxes they saw on TV and just HAVE to have them for breakfast. Some don’t even try to hide the fact that they are packed with sugar because they contain marshmallows or they are shaped like cookies!! Some changed the names to make them look like they are more nutritious now than they used to be. Sugar Snaps is now called Corn Pops! But we still have FROSTED flakes! They try to make them sound like they have an ounce of real nutrition in them by adding words like “ENRICHED” and NATURAL!! There is NOTHING natural about these food products! They aren’t even real food! And there are so many other food products marketed to children. Soda Pop is probably the worst. Then there are fruit snacks! Don’t get me started!! Most of these probably have 0 – that’s a big fat ZERO fruit. They are chemicals combined to form fun shapes and colors with artificial ‘fruit’ flavor and they are TOXIC!
Then, if all that weren’t bad enough, they come up with idea of BOX TOPS! Let’s get all of the school children to pressure their parents into buying our products so they can collect BOX TOPS to earn money for their schools and win “VALUABLE” prizes!! UGH!! There must be a better way to raise money for schools than to push parents to buy toxic foods they feed to their children! I guess you can’t put a box top on an apple or a banana. And who thought that to make oatmeal “instant” you had to add chemicals and tons of sugar!
If you read the ingredients on instant oatmeal, you will see Whole Grain Rolled Oats and then SUGAR and then a host of other toxic ingredients like artificial flavorings, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (GMO AND HIGHLY TOXIC) and whey! Why not buy a box of quick oats, where the ingredients are “100% WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS”. PERIOD! They cook up just as fast! Add some pure honey or maple syrup if you need a sweetener, maybe a little cinnamon and a few REAL LIVE strawberries, blueberries or bananas and WHA LA! You have the same thing without all the chemicals!
Moms and Dads, don’t buy into the TV advertising of these toxic products. Don’t feed your kids this junk! Buy REAL food and watch your kids thrive!!
~End of rant!~