Avoid These Unhealthy Kid Foods
Our 3-year old daughter just loves the Fruit by the Foot snack we bought her at Costco. It’s the kind of happy food that she wants to have coming back from school, before going out for a walk, or every time we take her to the playground or out for a trip. The reason the candy quickly became her favorite is quite simple: It’s sweet. With 10 g of sugar per roll, it’s really sweet. When I tried it after we bought the first box, I felt the amount of sugar was right for me, and that’s obviously too much for a baby despite the fruity taste. But we didn’t just take it away from her (we bought two boxes for her, 42 rolls per box). She’s still a baby and loves some treats once in a while. So we only let her have half a roll, not the full foot, every time she wants one. Another her favorite is Kellogg’s Corn Pops cereal, which is coated with sugar.
We know too much sugar is not good for our children, so we are trying to limit their intake for sugar, or anything that’s nothing but sweet. In fact, none of our children is craving for sweets: They will be happy if we give them the fruit candy. If they don’t get it, they won’t complain, especially the older one. She’s a meat eater, but also likes vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, and drinks a lot low-fat milk But then, when we look at the store shelves, we can find a lot of children foods claimed by manufactures as healthy and nutritious that are not really so. Instead, what many have in common are two ingredients: sugar and salt, lot of them. Today, on Time’s website, they listed 9 kid foods that parents should avoid and the Fruit by the Foot is one of them.
According to Time, these foods have more than just vitamins and minerals that our children need. They are actually too salty for kids:
- Kid Cuisine All Star Chicken Breast Nuggets
Alternative: Kid Cuisine’s Twist and Twirl Spaghetti with Meatballs.
- Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers
Alternative: Honey Maid graham crackers.
- Campbell Soup Cars Souper Shapes Condensed Soup
Alternative: Earth’s Best Organic Elmo Vegetable Soup
- Kraft Scooby-Doo! Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
Alternative: Uncle Ben’s Brown Whole Grain Rice.
- Oscar Mayer Lunchables Mini Tacos
Alternative: Oscar Mayer Lunchables Chicken Dunks.
And these are just too sweet:
- Kudos Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Alternative: Cascadian Farms’ Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.
- Betty Crocker Fruit By The Foot
Alternative: Real fruit
- Sunny Delight
The last item on Time’s list is Earth’s Best Organic Mini Waffles, which Time says has a high level of calories from fat. The alternative, as suggested by Time, is Quaker Oats.
Do you always pay attention to the nutrition label when shopping for kid foods?
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