Which Foods Are The Most Unhealthy for Kids?
As parents we want to ensure that our children have access to the most nutritious foods possible so that they will grow and develop as they should.
The problem is that with today’s busy lifestyles often mean that parents take shortcuts with meals and snacks because time is short and we don’t want to make our families wait while we prepare a nutritious meal.
Some of the foods that we choose for our children are worse than others, but are you aware of the foods that are on the list of unhealthy foods for kids?
We compiled this list because we really couldn't believe some of the foods that are not healthy that are constantly promoted as healthy foods. These are foods that some parents grew up eating themselves, and so it is no surprise that it is hard to shake the label of these foods being healthy.
Here is the list, in no particular order:
1. Breakfast Cereals
You know the drill, there are countless television commercials showing that these " cereals " are an important source of certain vitamins and minerals that we can’t possibly access anywhere else. The evil truth about this “healthy” food is that most of these cereals contain massive quantities of sugar and are not at all healthy.
2. Granola Bars
Again, we have always been lead to believe that granola is a very healthy choice for a snack.
The granola bars that are marketed towards children are loaded with sugar, and other ingredients with no nutritional value such as candy, artificial dyes and flavors, chocolate chips, marshmallows and high fructose syrup.
This means that you may as well give your child cookies instead of a granola bar. You can make your own energy bars at home with healthier ingredients and no added artificial ingredients or sugar.
Another one of those foods that sounds great but pizza can be full of grease and unhealthy nitrates. You are much better off to make your own pizza at home and then choose the toppings that you want to add as well as use low-fat cheese, a whole wheat crust and plenty of vegetables.
4. French Fries
Yes, there is a stupid argument that French fries are made from potatoes so that means that they must be healthy but the truth is that they are very high in fat and sodium, plus they do not contain much nutritional value.
5. Fruit Juice
The problem with fruit juice is that it is concentrated and has added sugar. Fruits contain fiber, and you don't get as much sugar when you eat an actual fruit. The issue is that a cup of juice can be the equivalent of eating several pieces of fruit and it is not healthy to eat that many servings of fruit.
6. Fruit Snacks/Fruit leather
These concentrated and overly sweetened fruit treats can stick to your teeth and cause serious damage including cavities. There is no nutritional value in these except peace of mind to a parent who gets their child to calm down with the promise of a sweet treat.
7. Cheese Crackers
These are advertised heavily as a healthy snack but they contain massive amounts of sodium, artificial colors and flavors and are high in GMOs and low in fiber. There is nothing nutritional or healthy about these cheese crackers.
If your children do eat these foods, try to limit the amount of these items that they do eat. Buy less of these processed foods and go for healthier choices. It can be tedious to try to get kids to eat healthy foods, but a good starting point is to have fresh vegetables and fruit cut up in the fridge and ready for easy access when kids are hungry.
- Also, consider hardboiled eggs and real cheese slices.
- Take the time to make your own energy bars and other on the go snacks
Take the time to make your own energy bars and other on the go snacks. When you make your own items, you have the control over how much sugar is added or not added to the foods that you make. This gives you a good idea of what you are feeding your family, and this can be a very good feeling.
- Avoid those overly processed packaged foods and start making your own items from scratch now.
- What snacks do you feed your children? Are they on this list?
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