7 Foods You Should Never Let Your Kids Eat
It’s a tough thing, raising kids. And one of the things that worry parents the most is what to feed them – I mean, you’re setting them up for a lifetime of eating habits. It can be hard to make the right choice when kids’ foods are so aggressively advertised. Either they don’t tell you the complete truth or they appeal to the kids themselves through colorful cartoons and fun jingles.
Needless to say, there are so many so call “kid-friendly” foods out there that are very bad for your little one’s health, but we’ve compiled the absolute worst and most commonly misconstrued ones here so you don’t fall into the trap.
Read on to find out what they are!
7. Sweetened Drinks
Sugar is a kid’s cocaine – once they’re hooked onto it, it’s a difficult journey back and it is really, really bad for them. From causing dental decay and an increased risk of obesity to a whole host of behavioral issues – sugar can be linked to so many of them.
But when it is in literally everything marketed towards kids, like sports drinks, sodas, and even fruit juice, it’s important to be vigilant. Even 100% fruit juice is not the healthiest option, as blended up fruit can tend to lose it’s nutritional properties like fiber, ending up with just the sugar remaining.
6. Breakfast Cereal
Breakfast cereal is not the healthiest way to start your day with. In fact, it offers little else apart from a whole load of calories and carbs. Most breakfast cereals are made using white refined flour, which has no nutrients of itself. Much like sugar, the body tries to burn it off through exercise. Whatever remains turns into belly fat.
To top it all off, most breakfast cereals are laden with preservatives, artificial flavorings, and colorings – these have been linked to many health issues in kids. And let’s not get started about how they are also full of sugar!
5. Processed Meat
One type of processed meat that is often packaged as “kid-friendly” is a hot dog. Kids may love to eat them, but they will pay the price for it later. Processed meats like hot dogs, sausages, pepperoni, ham, deli meat, etc. are loaded with preservatives, unhealthy fat, and an inexcusable amount of salt.
Did you know nitrates have been linked to cancer (yes, even the organic kind!).
Furthermore, these types of processed meats are often served on some type of refined white flour product, which we’ve already mentioned the harms of.
4. Fried Finger Food
Including the likes of chicken nuggets, fish sticks, mozzarella sticks, etc. – flash fried finger foods can be like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Fried food isn’t always bad – when made at home with good quality ingredients, you should be able to enjoy them occasionally. But for most of us, such foods always come out of a frozen packet or a fast food chain.
In these cases, they are made with whole loads of low-quality ingredients, which then require whole loads of preservatives and artificial flavoring to make them taste good. For instance, a chicken nugget can contain more than 20 ingredients – most of which are not chicken, or even natural! They are them coated with a breading of refined flour, fried in hydrogenated oils full of trans fat, and served with a side of sugar-and-preservatives rich sauce!
3. Boxed Mac ‘n’ Cheese
This is one of anybody’s favorite childhood meals, but was the risk worth the result? Boxed mac ‘n’ cheese has pasta that’s made of white refined flour and cheese that’s not really cheese. It’s filled with sodium, preservatives, and even certain non-food additives. None of these provide any nutrition to your child.
Another particularly scary aspect of boxed mac ‘n’ cheese is a byproduct of the manufacturing process call phthalates. This is a substance that is banned from being used for baby toys as it has been linked to learning and behavioral problems in children.
2. Packaged lunches
Packaged lunches might seem like a convenient option for a busy mom, but it’s really worth the effort to actually make something fresh than one of these. For starters, most packaged lunches contain many of the offenders we’ve already discussed like deli meat, cheese, fruit juice, crackers, etc. Most of the time, they contain foods made with white flour, sugar, additives, sodium, chemicals, and unnatural ingredients.
1. Kids’ Meals
A kids’ meal might seem like the best option for a fussy toddler or a busy parent, but most of them contain more calories than even adult is recommended to eat. On top of that, none of the foods in a kids’ meal are mostly what they say they are.
Let’s analyze the contents of a regular kids’ meal: a burger or some type of sandwich involving white bread and artificial “cheese”, refined flour and processed potatoes masquerading as “French Fries” and a drink that is basically just colored sugar and chemical water.
Does any of that sound like something you’d be happy to feed your kid?