Halloween is coming soon! It’s a night where we open our doors to little trick-or-treaters and share candies with them. Well, I’ll share a pic with you that my chiro friend posted on facebook recently…
I’m sure that most people have already purchased their candies that they plan to hand out. But it’s important to think about what we are putting into our children’s growing bodies. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are used to create biotech foods, like the ones listed in the picture above. GMOs are controversial for many reasons including- the standards to produce them are not always well regulated, the effects on humans are still not well understood, the impact on our environment could be harsh, and we are not being informed in the grocery store of which foods contain GMOs. As a consumer, we should have the right to decide whether or not we choose to feed ourselves and our families these foods. Currently, it is not mandatory for food companies to label these foods but that may change in the future.
In the meantime, we all know that the high sugar levels aren’t good for the kiddies in our lives. A good idea is to hide the bag and give them occasional treats. Even try replacing them with healthier treats in between.
An idea is to give them a lower-sugar substitute like dried fruits… unfortunately even the Craisins mini-packs that I found contain low levels of white sugar, which could be from GMO sources. But it’s a step in the right direction. And the kids liked them! Those little ones are hard to please and the instant sugar high from halloween candies is hard to compete with.
For more info on GMO-containing foods, check out this Greenpeace link- http://gmoguide.greenpeace.ca/shoppers_guide.pdf
On an unrelated note… there’s so much happening in the U.S. right now! New York is flooding (I’m thinking of all my friends that I know there tonight… I hope the storm isn’t as bad as they’re predicting!) and next week is the big election.
Speaking of the election, here’s a funny video that a friend shared with me recently-