Raising Cave-child: The School Lunch
For the low, low cost of two dollars, my cave-child could have ‘enjoyed’ today’s school lunch special: corn dogs, with a few non cave-child friendly side dishes. What else would her body be getting for this low, low cost?
One of the most popular brands of corn dogs contains a slew of ingredients. I’ve highlighted a few of the more concerning below: Batter Ingredients: Water, Enriched Wheat Flour (Enriched with Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Enriched Corn Meal (Enriched with Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Contains 2% or Less of the Following: Salt, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Modified Food Starch, Soybean Oil, Honey Solids (with Wheat Starch, Calcium Stearate, Hydroxylated Lecithin), Artificial Flavor, and Onion Powder, Cooked in Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil. Hot Dog Ingredients: Pork, Mechanically Separated Turkey, Water, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Modified Corn Starch, Contains 2% or Less of the Following: Salt, Potassium Lactate, Flavorings, Beef, Extractives of Paprika, Sodium Diacetate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Nitrite.
Enriched wheat flour, obviously not cave-child friendly. But aside from this, enriched wheat flour is the phenomenon that occurs when a company removes all the ‘nutrients’ out of wheat when processing it into flour but then decides to the ‘nutrients’ back in once processing is complete. Wheat normally includes fifteen ‘nutrients’, this particular company only added five (likely synthetic) nutrients back in. Same sort of scenario with the ‘enriched corn meal’, but also with the added bonus of corn (one of the most genetically modified crops in the US).
Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate. I’m of the general belief that any food additive that requires a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) should not be ingested. Inhalation of this chemical can lead to pulmonary fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and bronchial asthma. My child, like most, inhales her food, so I’ll just play it safe and keep this additive out of her diet. The FDA does list this on their GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list, but consuming an excessive amount of phosphate will lead to bone loss. Cave-child needs strong bones.
Next up, soybean oil AND partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Soy is another of the most highly genetically modified crops in the US. It’s a really unstable oil, especially when heated. Soybean oil also contains polyunsaturated fats and, once hydrogenated, trans fats. Trans fats are associated with major health issues, including ADHD, mood disturbances, depression, heart attacks and strokes. It takes the body nine months to detox from trans fats. It’s just bad, bad news all around.
Corn syrup, modified food starch, wheat starch, artificial flavor, dextrose, hydroxylated lecithin, flavorings. All possible sources of the neurotoxin, monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG wreaks havoc on many body systems, including the brain. I’m sure that research shows that cave-children with healthy brains are overall healthier and happier.
So, what will my cave-child be enjoying for lunch instead of corn dog special? Coconut milk, trail mix (with nuts, dried berries and coconut flakes), a paleo chocolate chip cookie and a chicken shish-kebab wrapped in bacon, of course. Still has the fun-factor of meat on a stick with the added bonus of bacon!
Laura Wendling is a freelance blogger and food photographer from Cincinnati, OH. She is also a social media consultant and an assistant for Dr. J. Renae Norton. Her dream is to work full-time for individuals in the health community as a contributing writer, social media consultant and assistant. A wife and mother of two, she has successfully converted her family from the typical diet of highly processed convenience foods to a clean-eating, paleo lifestyle. Follow her on twitter at twitter.com/lwphotographics and keep up on articles she contributes to at www.eatingdisorderpro.com/blog and twitter.com/drrenae