The hills are alive with the sound of children sneezing in North Georgia and that fast food cheeseburger may be making it worse. Children and adolescents in the US who suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema number around 30 million. Parents sometimes spend as much on allergy medicine in one week as they do on their monthly mortgages. With new information from a recent study, that can change by simply altering what is served for lunch and dinner.
The study shows that children who eat three or more meals from fast food restaurants each week exacerbate their allergy symptoms. The more cheeseburgers and fries eaten each week, the worse the sneezing, itchy eyes, sinus congestion and asthma attacks were. The skin condition, eczema, also worsened when three or more meals consisted of fast food fare.
The good news is that some foods decrease the symptoms of allergies. When parents replaced the fast food with home-cooked meals that included fresh fruit three or more times a week, the sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and itching subsided.
There is a definite correlation between fast foods and severe asthma, hay fever and eczema. Fresh fruit proved itself to be a natural treatment for these allergies. While the benefits of eating fresh fruit are well known, people still don’t seem to realize the danger of habitually feeding fast food to their children of all ages.
Even though prices for fast food have risen sharply, they remain fairly affordable for the average family. Any time meat is sold for less than a dollar, it gives rise to suspicion. Fast food restaurants, the friendly family diner, grocery stores and school lunches serve hamburger that has up to 30 percent of pink slime added to make the meat stretch further.
What is pink slime? All the gross trimmings such as rejected fat, sinew, bloody effluvia, and bits of meat cut from carcasses in the slaughterhouse, according to an article in Mary Jane’s Farm. These rejected parts were once sold as pet food. Now, they liquefy them and add ammonia to kill the bacteria. It is then frozen and sold along with the hamburger so retailers can add it to every .70 or .80 lb. of burger to stretch it to a pound, making a huge profit off of something not fit to eat.
Digging deeper, the entire pound of hamburger is unfit to eat unless it comes from a local farm that allows the cows to roam free and eat what comes natural to them instead of being forced-fed genetically altered corn and dead animals. These huge slaughterhouses kill crippled and infected animals and prepare them for wholesale; animals that have been given growth hormones and antibiotics due to the unimaginable conditions they are raised in.
Consider the health of your child and that of yourself, serve whole foods as often as possible. Fresh produce, organic, whenever affordable, and meat from certified organic farms is the best hope we have of feeding the nation’s children something that doesn’t make them ill.