My Green Side on Blog Action Day 2011

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. The goal is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion around important issues that impact all of us.

For 2011, Blog Action Day coincides with World Food Day, so the topic of discussion for this year is Food.

I believe we should be eating organic whole foods, nutrient-dense foods without genetically modified ingredients or pesticides. It’s common sense, right? We just want to eat food that’s good for us. Period. Eating healthy is important for everyone but it’s especially critical for children. Pound for pound, children eat and drink more than adults so healthy eating is essential in order to safely nourish their growing bodies.

Here are some healthy eating tips from our friends at Healthy Child, Healthy World:

  • Choose to eat and prepare organic, whole foods rather than packaged foods whenever possible. The easiest way to eat healthier is to start making your food instead of buying prepared food and warming it.
  • Avoid genetically modified organisms (aka GMOs or genetically engineered foods). For more information on GMOs visit www.responsibletechnology.org.
  • Choose safer seafood. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch website to learn more and print a pocket guide.
  • Read labels. Look for foods with few and identifiable ingredients. Avoid the top five risky additives: Artifical Colors (anything that begins with FD&C ), Chemical Preservatives (Butylated Hydroxyanisole [BHA], Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Benzoate), Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Saccharin), Added Sugar (High Fructose Corn Syrup [HFCS], Corn Syrup, Dextrose, etc), Added Salt (Look at the sodium content and choose foods with the lowest amounts.)

Past Blog Action Day topics:

In 2009, the topic was Climate Change: My Green Side on Blog Action Day 2009

In 2010, the topic was Water: My Green Side on Blog Action Day 2010

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