EEK OK duly noted :)
Can a 2 y/o eat TOO MUCH? Could that mean anything? - Page 2
The nitrates from celery extract are just as harmful - they're just from natural sources. From what I've read, the "natural" dogs can contain 10X the nitrates, which increase the risk of colorectal cancer, as conventional hotdogs. Unfortunately, natural doesn't always mean healthful.
I WISH that wasn't the case - I adore any kind of cured meat. I try to avoid it but I'm still serving my usual ham for Christmas Eve and I don't stress if my three-year-old has an occasional hotdog at our street party or something.
Do you have a source you could share for this statement? I would love to know more about this issue.
The statement in the article is that they are "virtually identical" but doesn't cite any research to support the contention that the health effects are the same. I personally don't tend to agree with the assumption that natural substances and synthetic substitutes which are "virtually identical" have the same health effects. And, I am inclined to remain skeptical until I see evidence of research to support that premise in a specific case. Someone in a position of authority saying so doesn't qualify as evidence IMO. After all, we've all seen the statement on dairy products that "the FDA has said there is no difference between milk from cows treated with rBGH and those not treated, and no test can differentiate between the two" (or something like that). Does that mean we shouldn't be worried about rBGH/rBST? I don't believe so.
OP, I apologize for going off topic. The issue of natural nitrates/nitrites is one that I haven't fully settled for myself and I was really hoping to get some additional information.
Oh man it's gotten 10x worse!
Today she's eaten
8 blueberry mini waffles
1/2 cup of tomatoes
1/2 of a very large egg salad sandwhich
a granola bar
we haven't even had dinner yet. I have just accepted she eats a ton but DH gets weird about it and thinks we should be limiting her like only 1 banana a day (her obsession food) but I disagree...she eats healthily in my eyes (even though I have some friends that would be horrified she is eating 3 bananas in a day b/c of all the sugar)
She still won't really eat meat so I think that maked her eat more of other things b/c meat is more satiating....?
She sounds an awful lot like all of my kids at that age. And now, really. They all eat way more than either I or my dh! It's insane some days.
Seems like all my kids ate like horses until they were 3. Then for some reason the next 6 months were picky months, followed by chronically chowing down anything not nailed to the floor for the rest of their childhoods.
Oh, and when they were toddlers I never ever limited the amount of any healthy foods they could eat. 5 bananas in one day? Sure. As long as they also ate plenty of protein. Toddlers usually get their foods needs met in different ways than older kids and adults. They'll get what their little bodies need in the way of say, bananas, and then move onto something else. One of my kids went thru a phase where tomatoes were the 'it' food for like 3 months. If there were any in sight, they would be cried for. Same with swiss chard, raw from the garden, almonds, spoons full of peanut butter, string cheese. I notice most of the things my kids would want a whole lot of were higher fat usually. They really, really need that fat when they are little!
Good to know the obsession thing is normal! I thought it was b/c I know so many kids obsessed with goldfish crackers LOL At least DDs are always fruits and veggies.
She didn't eat that much for dinner anyways just 1 cup of kale, onion, and cabbage. She won't eat rice or grains anymore.
I guess I just get nervous b/c everyone always says something about it. It's not like she's fat or anything. Maybe people keep saying something b/c of all the childhood obesity propaganda that has been going on the last couple of months. We have a ton of it all of a sudden on tv commercials and radio. She really doesn't eat sweets though like hardly ever. I am lax on holidays really and that's about it. Even then the sweets are home made.
Thanks for all the reassurance parenting can make you doubtful sometimes!
I also have another question about the nitrate thing. Someone told me to watch out for sausage but the sausage we get just says pork, spices, salt, and water on them. DD loves them and eats them like daily they just say all natural but don't say anything about nitrates and don't say anything about celery. Do you think they are ok? She is up to 3 eggs a day and one or 2 sausages for breakfast IDK what to replace them with if they aren't!
I personally wouldn't have a problem feeding those sausages to my kids. I usually make our own sausage (breakfast patties), and once a year we make links.
Sounds to me like she is one of those "good eaters" ya hear people wishing their kids were...We just always offered lots of variety and have no problems w/our kids eating well. Now, I currently have 4 other kids for the week, and they are a pain at mealtimes. I had one yesterday try (she's 12!) tearing her sugar snap peas up into bits and fake eating them (I was watching out of the corner of my eye), thinking that making the pile change shapes would make me think she ate them. I asked her to eat THREE of them--it's not like I asked her to eat a whole bag. I made her eat them and let her know I knew what she was trying to do. Kids...Should've seen her w/roasted beets! LOL!
Gag. We like real food in this house. What we don't raise, grow, trap, or forage is bought at the store, but almost always from the perimeter of the store. I just emailed a lady on my freecycle group who wants someone to come pick her crabapple tree. ***me, me, me!!***
Thanks! Totally OT but is VT as crunchy as everyone keeps telling me? I'm in MA and everyone keeps saying I "belong" in VT yet I noticed the BFing rate was still REALLY low.
We do have a ton of crunchies but also people of every flavor. Every area in Vt is different.