I wish Organix had been around in the 1980s when my children were little.
Organix produces healthy food for children so it is a godsend. Because it is certified organic, the junk is already excluded.
I love a good ban. Here is a small example of the junk which has always been banned from organic standards.
- Hydrogenated fats
- All colourings whether or not natural (except annatto)
- All artificial flavourings.
You will never find the above in organic food because their standards are based on the Precautionary Principle: why take an unnecessary risk?
And what an unnecessary risk.
Hydrogenated fats or trans fats are industrially produced. A cheap filler, they prolong shelf life and make a fake cake look cake-like. They are linked to the UK’s obesity crisis. Child obesity is a huge health risk and is NOT FAIR to kids.
Artificial flavourings and colourings mask the yuk taste of the junk, and are linked to hyper-activity and allergies. Like trans fats, these additives are a cheap alternative to real ingredients, and a health risk. There is currently no requirement to reveal their exact quantity in food.
I love Organix’s latest campaign.
“I pledge to eat and feed my family only real ingredients I can recognise or spell.
I signed the pledge. I am sick of food ingredients that only a chemist can understand. I do not want food technology – I want REAL FOOD!
Organix was founded in 1992 by Lizzie Vann. After a childhood rife with asthma and eczema, she learned as an adult about the link between food and health (cut out those nasty additives for a start!).
As well as making tasty organic food for children, Organix also educates carers about how to make real food, and campaigns for nutritious food in hospitals, schools and nurseries.
Awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to children’s food, Lizzie Vann was also a founding member of Food for Life, the multi-charity programme transforming school meals one meal at a time.
Lizzie Vann says: “A growing infant is not a miniature version of an adult. Their key body systems…are in a state of fast development for most of their early childhood. During this dynamic time, it is essential that the environment in which they grow is free of toxins, and the foods they are fed are pure and offer quality nutrition.”
If I were emperor for the day, I would command the food industry to stop being reckless with our children’s health.
I would ban the use of cheap, empty, risky, filler ingredients which make huge profits for manufacturers but are ruining our children’s health.
I would decree food manufacturing magnates be force-fed the junk they peddle to children. From henceforth, the only food they would be allowed to sell would be stacked with nutritious goodness, with no toxic nasties.
Please do sign the No Junk pledge.
PS The pic at the start of the blog is of my granddaughter and a healthy chocolate cake…recipe next week!