Hey, parents, we know you mean, well but here are 15+ harmful foods you should stop feeding your kids.
This fruity drink is popular among all children. They are convenient and come with brightly colored packages but this is where the advantages of packaged juice and a glass of juice contains 5 to 6 teaspoons of sugar. The dissolve sugar immediately gets absorbed into the bloodstream which is bad for the metabolism of carbohydrates. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends eating fruit instead of drinking juice. Thanks to the fiber and fruit the juice is absorbed gradually. You could also try to get your children to drink freshly squeezed juice or a smoothie.
Now to choose a healthy yogurt you need to read the ingredients written on the label. Most importantly don’t buy yogurt products that are not stored in a fridge but on open shelves as these can be dangerous. Try to buy natural yogurts instead of sweetened ones yogurts with fruit contain a lot of sugar fat and calories which all lead to children becoming overweight. It also increases their risk of getting diabetes.
Flakes muesli and other similar cereals look very healthy in commercials and the spokesperson always claims that they contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. In fact these foods don’t contain any nutrients what they do contain is a lot of sugar. All the healthy elements of corn wheat and oats are removed during production. Only the carbohydrates are left. It’s very hard to satiate hunger with this food and children are usually hungry again just a few hours later. A good replacement is oatmeal, you can add fruit and nuts to make it more attractive and tastier for children don’t you love oatmeal too.
Honey now children younger than 2 There’s the possibility of an allergic reaction and sometimes honey contains bacteria which can lead to a serious infectious disease called botulism.
Now isn’t grapefruit, why did we include it in this list? Grapes contain the vitamins and minerals that children need but there is a reason why children shouldn’t be allowed to eat them. They are large and slippery and a child could choke on the grapes are also very difficult for a child’s digestive tract to process. Bananas are a great replacement for children younger than to.
Vitamins are a pretty controversial topic. The thing is parents often rely on their knowledge and experience instead of consulting an expert which is completely wrong and can even be dangerous for their children’s health and well-being. No matter how harmless animal shape vitamins look they should only be prescribed by doctors. Children should get their necessary vitamins from fruit and vegetables. In which case there will be no need to give them supplements.
Faced with a choice between a soda and a milk shake any parent would most certainly choose the milk shake but it turns out that they’re just as dangerous as soda and contain a lot of fat and sugar. Well the latest research says that drinking such a fatty drink regularly can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease. This is dangerous for adults let alone children.
Don’t introduce your kids to adults favorite but unhealthy foods. French fries burgers and pizza. This trio is a lifesaver for those who are always on the go but not for your kids they are loaded with salt sugar and saturated fat. When consumed regularly this deadly trio could cause obesity high cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases.
This might already be on your list but you still might be asking yourself why is it not safe for kids to drink coffee. Well there are a number of alarming reasons revealed by Tony Amador of Health Line. She says caffeine which is an ingredient in coffee could affect calcium absorption and this might weaken their bones. To make it worse adding sugar or cream could lead to weight gain and cavities.
Another type of beverage you shouldn’t let your tots take in is soda. This uber sweet drink contains calories artificial sweeteners and caffeine. All of which erode tooth enamel and cause mood swings. If you want to avoid child hyperactivity from that sugar rush as well as wrestling with them to visit a dentist. Steer them away from soft drinks exchange them for water instead.
We often see this type of food at ballgames fairs carnivals and on the dinner table. Processed meats like hot dogs bacon and Bologna are rich in sodium and saturated fat. However when consumed daily and in large amounts they may increase the risk of heart disease diabetes high cholesterol and spikes and blood pressure. Make a healthy switch to hotdogs made from turkey and chicken or try uncured mates. Now you won’t be branded as a party pooper.
We can almost hear your kids whining. They’re crunchy tasty and they come in fun shapes but don’t be fooled by the colorful packaging. They must go because they’re packed with preservatives calories salt and a bit of sugar as an alternative cook homemade chicken nuggets or a chicken breast baked to perfection.
We’re letting the chips fall as they may under the junk food category. Potato chips contain loads of sodium and fat chips should never land in your grocery basket and they should stay out of your child’s life as well. What if they crave them well substitute chips for baked sweet potato fries dipped in Greek yogurt.
This popular condiment for kids is made from sugar corn syrup food coloring and extra fat. How about tomatoes sadly it doesn’t contain much of the red pulpy fruit. Swap it with Greek yogurt or hummus for a nutritious alternative.
Mac and cheese
That boxed macaroni and cheese your kids love this easy to cook meal contains sodium food preservatives and noodles stripped of fiber. The same goes for canned spaghetti and ramen and plastic packages. Of course you don’t want to torture your children by taking away their favorite snack as a compromise why not try making your own whole-wheat pasta with a sauce made from natural ingredients.
Because of the busy world we live in people invented processed foods for the sake of convenience. The main examples are canned goods such as soup tuna and corned beef among the three children must keep away from canned tuna why? it contains high levels of mercury which is dangerous for their health.
Drinking milk is good for kids because it contains calcium vitamin D protein and other vital nutrients. Unpasteurized milk however is a different story. According to the FDA unpasteurized milk contains dangerous bacteria such as salmonella E coli and Listeria.