Dr. Lipski writes that "Many of children's health problems such as ADD, obesity, autism, asthma, depression, and diabetes actually stem from poor food choices and faulty digestion. Much of this illness is preventable, controllable, and curable."
The ability to digest food properly to access nutrients depends on the enzymatic balance in the digestive system, which is determined in the womb, and strongly influenced by childhood diet and lifestyle.
While it was once thought that a child's bacterial and intestinal flora was balanced by the age of three, research is now showing that there is not actual balance until puberty is reached. Fresh foods are a great source of enzymes, and feeding children a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day is important.
[source: Veggies in Motion News]