Food Issues

Food Issues

With hundreds of thousands of Americans dying each year from obesity, type-2 diabetes, and a slew of chronic health conditions—all a direct result of food inequities, a broken food culture, and food marketing, and worsened by COVID-19, a significant shift in how we think about food and how we feed our kids must happen now if we want to change the trajectory of health for our kids. Food Issues hosted by health journalist and blogger Julie Revelant features interviews with authors, researchers, healthy food advocates, and thought leaders who want to educate, inspire, and empower organizations, parents, and local communities to create real, lasting change and ensure a healthier future for our kids. Through profound conversations that uncover the real issues affecting families coupled with easy, practical tips for parents, this podcast is the place to change our kids’ futures.

Episodes

March 14, 2023 26 mins
Getting healthy dinners on the table that our kids will actually eat and that also save us time and money is no easy feat. Maybe you have the same recipes on rotation and cooking is the last thing you want to do after a long, busy day. With some simple meal prep ideas, however, serving up healthy and delicious dishes in no time can be a breeze. In this special bonus edition of the podcast, I sat down with Catherine McCord, founder ...
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When it comes to kids' snacks, there are a ton of so-called healthy options. You know the ones: they have buzzwords like "organic," "natural," and "made with real fruit.” But that doesn't necessarily mean they're good for our kids. Many are ultra-processed, high in sugar, and lacking in nutrition. In this episode, I sat down with Diane and Laurel Orley, co-founders of Daily Crunch Snacks, a company that makes superfood-infused, spr...
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During the pre-teen and teen years, a lot changes, including how kids eat. They often have new food preferences, want what other kids are eating, and may be embarrassed by what you’re packing them for lunch. They’re exposed to a lot more food marketing and social media, and with more social opportunities, you realize you have a lot less control over what they eat. In this episode, I sat down with Kiran Dodeja Smith, a mom of 4, a ...
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In recent years, there’s been an explosion of new organic baby food brands that are veggie-forward and focused on real food ingredients instead of highly-processed foods and those with a ton of sugar. We’re also seeing a lot of really interesting flavor combinations that you’re more likely to see on restaurant menus but can go a long way in raising healthy, adventurous little eaters. In this episode, I sat down with Shibani Baluja,...
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If you’re like most parents, your kids are picky eaters. Whether they refuse to eat vegetables, avoid certain textures and tastes, or have only a handful of foods they’ll eat, maybe you’ve turned to vitamins in the hopes of filling in the nutritional gaps. But maybe you've thought about it and wondered, do kids need vitamins?   Vitamins for kids are a big business in the U.S. and show no signs of slowing down. By 2025, the global ...
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When it comes to plant-based, non-dairy milk for kids who are lactose intolerant, have a dairy sensitivity, or are avoiding cow’s milk for another reason, the options are endless: almond, oat, pea milk, coconut, and many more. By 2028, the global plant-based dairy market is expected to reach $31.5B, and while demand continues to grow, what you may not know is that not all plant-based milk for kids is created equal. In this episode...
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Picky eating is one of the most common challenges we have as parents. We all want our kids to eat healthy and we know it’s important for their growth, development, and overall health. But we often find ourselves encouraging them to “just take a bite!,” eat the meal we took the time to make, or try new foods. And when they flat-out refuse, it can be super frustrating. In this episode, I sat down with Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, ...
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We all know that childhood obesity has been a complex problem in the U.S. for years and solving for it hasn’t been easy. We’ve looked to policymakers, pediatricians, parents, and new programs, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the issue. Although we’ve seen a lot of progress, more needs to be done because the latest research shows childhood obesity rates are on the rise. In this episode, I sat down with Karla Lester, M...
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About 50% of infants younger than 3 months spit up at least once a day, but what if it’s a chronic problem for yours? Or maybe you have a toddler or big kid who has trouble swallowing and seems miserable at mealtimes—it could be acid reflux. The good news is that there are plenty of natural remedies for acid reflux in babies and big kids. In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Sheila Kilbane, a board-certified pediatrician, who is a...
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Today on the show we’re talking about kids’ constipation which affects approximately 30% of children in the U.S. Chances are, it’s something that has affected your kids at one point or another, and around the holidays when there’s a lot of cookies and sweets, it’s a common challenge for kids. The good news? There are natural remedies and several foods to help kids poop. In this episode, I sat down with Jessica O’Connell MBA, RD, L...
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Food allergies affect 5.6 million children in the U.S. and if you’re a parent, you know how challenging it can be to keep kids with them safe at school, birthday parties, and restaurants. Around the holidays, however, there are so many new foods, tons of cookies, and homemade family favorites that often have secret ingredients, and plenty of places where food will be so avoiding an allergic reaction can be tough. In this episode, I...
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Artificial sweeteners have been around for more than a century, but today, it seems that they’re showing up almost everywhere: in snacks, sports drinks, and tons of processed foods. And just like sugar, kids are getting too much. In fact, more than one in 4 kids consumes artificial sweeteners on any given day. Although they may seem like a step up from sugar, you might be wondering, are artificial sweeteners safe for kids? In this ...
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Between homework, after-school activities, and the holidays right around the corner, it’s a busy time of year.  So when it comes to getting dinner on the table, it’s hard to find the time to cook. Maybe you find yourself calling out for food or going through the drive-through more often than you care to admit. The good news? Getting a healthy dinner on the table doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated. In this episode, I s...
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Baby-led weaning has become super-trendy in recent years with a ton of websites, new books, and influencers all talking about it. And on Google, the term gets more than half a million searches every month. Despite its buzzworthy-ness, however, it’s not a new idea by any means, dating back more than 20 years. What is new, however, is the concept of adapted baby-led weaning for babies who have developmental delays and feeding challen...
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Whether you have babies, toddlers, or big kids, chia seeds are a superfood for the whole family. And if you’re wondering how to eat chia seeds, the good news is that there are a ton of quick and easy ways to serve them up. In this episode, I sat down with Malina Malkani, a registered dietitian nutritionist, speaker, and best-selling author of "Simple and Safe Baby-Led Weaning: How to Integrate Foods, Manage Portion Sizes and Identi...
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More than one-third of kids and teens in the U.S. eat fast food on any given day and there’s no doubt it makes our lives easier. After all, it’s quick and convenient, and we know our kids will eat it. But when it comes to marketing fast food to kids, companies are spending some serious money— to the tune of  $5 billion a year. Plus, with so many media channels vying for our attention, companies have had to get really creative with ...
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There’s been a lot of buzz in recent years about sensory issues and sensory processing disorder, which research shows affect between 5 and 15% of kids. Kids with sensory challenges often have trouble with clothing that feels scratchy, or sounds that are too loud, for example, but they can also show up at mealtimes. Kids may only eat white foods, refuse to eat foods with a certain texture or smell, or gag when they try new foods. Se...
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Welcome to the launch of season #8! The new school year brings new teachers, new schedules, and new expectations, plus sports and after-school activities. And with that comes the need for nutrition that supports kids’ brain function, and helps with memory, focus, and attention. When it comes to brain foods for kids, there are a ton of options, but they’re not always the easiest to prioritize especially if you have picky eaters.    ...
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With the kids back in school, it’s almost inevitable that they’re going to get sick. Kids, especially toddlers and preschoolers, are swapping germs all day long and their hand-washing habits usually aren’t ideal. Plus, the foods your kids eat, how much sleep and activity they get, and stress all have a lot to do with their immune systems. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to boost your child’s immune system and they don’t ha...
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You’ve seen the photos on Instagram—you know, the ones of clean, beautifully-organized refrigerators with food strategically placed in a rainbow-colored fashion. Sure, they look amazing, but they’re all in the name of marketing and not realistic unless you have a ton of time on your hands. Yet if you’re trying to get your kids back on track with healthy eating this fall season, and you want to save time and money in the kitchen, le...
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