For parents these days, it’s easier to give kids quick and mostly unhealthy meals rather than balanced nutritious food. You’ll be surprised to know that you’ve been feeding your little ones, unhealthy foods which are usually marketed as nutritious. There are some foods and drinks that should be avoided and most of them that should be off the table entirely.
Even the cereals containing ‘whole grain’ can be full of sugars and empty calories. Ensure that sugar, such as high fructose corn syrup, is not in the top three ingredients.
Hot dogs contain nitrites, which is known to increase risk of cancer and frequent consumption of red and processed meats leads to risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Chicken nuggets or fingers are fried in oils with additives such as dimethylpolysiloxane, an “antifoaming agent.” Chicken can be made at home by coating chicken in egg and breadcrumbs or crushed baking until crisp.
Most popular among kids Sodas, juices and sports drinks also contain high amounts of sugar and empty calories. – It is better to eat the fruit instead and have a thirst-quenching glass of water. Parents think it’s healthy to drink packed fruit juices, but they’re wrong. Even 100 percent apple juice can sack kids with 160 calories a cup—and that’s almost entirely Sugar, grapes or cherry tomatoes on the side.
Hard candies and lollipops are essentially just sugar and artificial colorings and flavors. They stick to teeth and cause caries or cavities. Hard candies are especially bad news for children with braces, retainers or fillings, as these may become damaged or dislodged.
There is more sodium in one serving than is required for a child in an entire day in packaged pastas like macaroni and cheese, canned spaghetti and ramen noodles can have they also lack in fiber and essential nutrients. Instead opt to make whole grain pasta dishes at home that can be reheated easily throughout the week for a quick meal.
Until your child is 2 years old, never give her honey can contain a toxic bacteria that causes botulism, a potentially fatal disease. This doesn’t do much harm to most adults, but kids’ immune systems can’t fight it off.
Chips and crisps are made from potatoes but fried in oil. They are high in fat and salt, and best left for special occasions.
The next time you put something on your little one’s plate, just have a quick look at this list!
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