I’ve been browsing this week’s Grand Rounds, a collection of medical blogs, and was pleased to see that there were a more then a handful on the Diet and Nutrition category. Disease Proof caught my attention, and shares a quote from Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right:
There is considerable evidence that the lipoprotein abnormalities (high LDL and low HDL) that are linked to heart attack deaths in adulthood begin to develop in early childhood and that higher cholesterol levels eventually get “set” by early food habits. What we eat during our childhood affects our lifetime cholesterol levels. For many, changing the diet to a plant-based, low-saturated-fat diet in later life does not result in the favorable cholesterol levels that would have been seen if the dietary improvements were started much earlier in life.
For parents, this is such a big responsibility… and a tedious one. It’s so satisfying to see the pleasure on our children’s faces as they snack on French fries and eat chips in front of the TV. Compare that to the dismay they show when you dish out spinach and lentils. It’s hard, I know. But like instilling discipline and manners, they’d probably hate us now for doing it, but will thank us later for the gift of health we’ve given them.
I am convinced that, contrary to the book title, no diet or food can ever keep anyone disease-free.However, I think we owe it to our children to give them a good, healthy start.