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‘Wouldn’t it be nice if I could always eat exactly what I want?’ exclaimed my son Ross one lunchtime when he was none too happy about the meal before him. It certainly seems at times that everything we like is bad for us but this is only because we have been brought up on foods that are far too sweet, with their appeal artificially enhanced by flavorings and colorants. Most food manufacturers have not the slightest interest in the effect of their goods on your body, merely on whether they have a pleasant taste and therefore will sell well. The immune system is no different from any other part of the body in requiring energy to function efficiently and it will not gain sufficient energy from ‘junk’ food. Furthermore there is plenty of scientific evidence to show that all these chemical additives have a direct depressant effect on the bodily defenses.
One of my children recently had a friend to tea and we served up a plate of spaghetti Bolognese which he refused to eat. On asking what sort of food he eats at home the reply was beef-burgers, sausages and chips. Beef-burgers and sausages are very often made with low quality meat disguised with flavorings and colorants. I was not surprised to hear that the child was absent from school the following week with a bad cold!
The general principle of healthy eating is that it is whole-food with no additives. There should also be a reasonable intake of carbohydrate and protein without excessive amounts of fat. Whenever I suggest this to parents it always evokes the reaction that this is impossible to achieve in children. This is partly because many people misunderstand the term ‘whole-food’, which simply means foods that have nothing added or taken away from them. They are not processed or refined and are near as possible to their natural state. Whole-meals are important as they contain the nutrients children need in a form they can use. A classic example of this is whole-meal bread, which is made from unrefined flour and contains natural wheat bran, which is a type of fibre. It is also packed with В vitamins and several minerals. To make white bread the flour is refined and in this process it loses most of these vitamins, minerals and fibre. My own son, Ross, used to eat slice after slice of fibreless white bread, whereas now he has switched to whole-meal and is satisfied after only one or two. A diet of refined foods results in children who are overfed and undernourished with a highly inefficient immune system.
Personally I find most books on diets, although describing excellent recipes, are not really designed for day to day living and are difficult to apply to children. So let us consider in practice how this can be approached. Two children, Simon and Julie, both had problems with their diets.
Simon’s in particular was not at all healthy, starting with a sugar-coated breakfast cereal with full cream milk. Lunch was usually at school which was chips with everything and a fizzy drink. He would often have a packet of sweets on the way home and for tea would have a fry-up or a meat pie with tinned peas and baked beans. The deficiencies were fairly obvious and the changes reasonably easy. He liked porridge, which is a healthy start to the day and did not notice the change from full cream to semi-skimmed milk. Soon he came to enjoy a packed lunch for school especially when he could have the sandwiches of his choice as he loved mashed banana in brown bread. It is the main meal of the day that often creates the problems but if it needs to be prepared quickly then pasta is very simple. Even I can prepare a Bolognese sauce to put on top which all my own kids love and I am sure it is true of most children. On evenings and weekends when there is more time, then a meat dish like chicken served with potatoes and fresh vegetables is more nourishing than fried food. Children love yogurt, so either this or fresh fruit makes an excellent dessert.
Julie’s diet was healthier than Simon’s but the main faults were that it contained very little fresh food and she had a tendency to drink squash and eat sweets. There is a general principle that if you want to eat whole-foods then never open tins, as there are automatically additives in them. Sweets and squash are loaded with chemicals, all harmful to the immune system. Chocolate in moderation is much healthier.
It is impossible to make all these changes at once, but if you introduce them gradually then your child will develop a much healthier immune system, which will then more easily fight off any tendency to asthma attacks.

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