Hidden Dangers in Your Child’s Favorite Snack Foods
Although many food companies promote their products as healthy, a majority of them still lack the nutrition your child needs to avoid future weight issues. In fact, many companies advertise “healthy” nutritional components with the hopes of distracting buyers from outrageously poor ingredients. So what specific food and ingredients should you avoid feeding your child?
Popular high-sodium food products:
Sodium is one of those ingredients that parents aren’t generally too concerned about. Children can’t get high blood pressure so why worry, right? Wrong! According to HealthyChildren.org too much sodium in a child’s diet can in fact to lead to high blood pressure as well as kidney stones, and ulcers. It may also increase the chances of obesity as it causes children to become thirsty more often, leading to the intake of unnecessary calories from sugary juice and soda drinks.
The following are packaged foods that several major media outlets have identified as having extremely high levels of sodium and sugar. These are food products that kids love, but that you may want to keep out of your cupboard:
Kid Cuisine All Star Chicken Nuggets
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers
Campbells Soup Cars Souper Shapes Condensed Soup
Oscar Mayer Lunchables Mini Tacos
Popular high-sugar food products
Sugar is not necessarily a bad food, however the problem emerges when it becomes a staple in a child’s diet and replaces healthy foods that contain necessary nutrients. Limiting (not completely eliminating) your child’s intake will not only prevent the chances of developing obesity in the future, but will also promote better dental health. Are you aware of how much sugar you’re feeding your child?
The following is a list of convenient pre-packaged high sugar products that are popular with kids but should be replaced with healthy, low sugar foods:
Kudos Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Betty Crocker Fruit By The Foot
Kellogs Fruit Loops
Feed your child’s body and brain at school:
Although the food products listed above may be some of your child’s favorites, replacing them with healthier choices will not only help your child maintain a healthy weight, but may also encourage better brain function, critical to helping your child absorb everything they need to learn during the school year.
School lunches are known for high sodium, high fat, high sugar, and low quality ingredients. I highly recommend packing a lunch for your child every night before school. A tasty sandwich with high quality deli meat and cheese with a few tasty snacks will get them through their day much better.
Here are some good alternatives to traditional high sodium, high sugar snacks that will be an easy and nutritious addition to their homemade school lunch or after school snack.
- Carrots and celery sticks with hummus
Still have questions? We have answers!
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