10 Kids' Foods That Sound Healthy But Aren't

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10 Kids' Foods That Sound Healthy But Aren't

10 Kids' Foods That Sound Healthy But Aren't

Don't let the "veggie" part of the name fool you. These dissolve in your mouth, crunchy puffs are mostly made up of refined grains corn flour, soy flour and rice are the first three ingredients. And although they boast an impressive list of vegetables (in powder form), they provide far less vitamins and fiber than a serving of vegetables. As an alternative to traditional cheese puffs, these are a good choice just know that they don't count as a vegetable. To satisfy your child's craving for something crunchy, try kale chips they deliver taste and nutrition.

Yogurt is a great choice for your kids unless it's a kid specific yogurt. Whereas regular yogurt is mostly just milk and live active cultures which give your kids calcium and immune supporting probiotics many brands take yogurt in a much less healthy direction by adding a ton of sugar (2 teaspoons in the teensy 2.25 ounce serving), artificial flavors and some even artificial food dyes like Red 40 and Blue 1. For the healthiest yogurt, buy low fat plain yogurt and stir in your kids' favorite jam or fruit preserves.

It's called a fruit snack, says it's made with real fruit and delivers vitamins, so it must be healthy, right? Wrong. The main ingredients of this confection are sugars concentrated fruit juice (which is really just sugar), sugar and corn syrup. Add to that a few fillers, as well as artificial flavoring and food coloring, and you're looking at candy with a healthy sounding name. Give your kids fruit instead, or

make your own fruit leather with whole strawberries and a touch of sugar and honey.

Natural peanut butter has a short ingredient list (just peanuts) and is loaded with good for you fats and protein. But when food manufacturers try to lower that natural fat content, peanut butter loses its health food status. The fat has to be replaced by

something, and in one brand that something ends up being corn syrup, sugar, soy protein, hydrogenated oils and mono and di glycerides (synthetic fats). Stick to natural peanut butter for yourself and your kids, and try out other nut butters, such as cowboys jerseys outlet[/url] almond or cashew.

If you're in a rush getting your child to school in the morning, you might be tempted to grab a cereal bar for her to eat as she runs out the door after all, the package says it has whole grains and real fruit, which is what she'd get from a bowl of cereal with fruit. The problem is that the "fruit" in most cereal bars is primarily sugar with some added fruit juice (more sugar) a typical bar has a tablespoon or more of sugar in it. Inmk handbags outlet[/url] one brand, there are five kinds of sugar and one sugar substitute, along with partially hydrogenated oil (which contains trans fat), artificial color and flavor. Even organic brands have a fruit blend that's mostly sugar, holding together fruit cheap nba jerseys wholesale[/url] powder and dried fruit.

Juice may be a staple drink of childhood, but it's not the healthiest option. Juice delivers a jolt of natural sugar, since it lacks the fiber in whole fruit, which helps the sugar get absorbed more slowly. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting juice for children (to 6 to 8 ounces a day for children up to the age of 6 and to 8 to 12 ounces for children ages 7 and older). Be particularly wary of fruit juice cocktail, which usually gets its sugar from added sugars, rather than from fruit juice. Children who drink too many sugar sweetened beverages are at a higher risk of diabetes and obesity later on.

Sports drinks certainly have a time and a place. If it's not hot out, then Dr. Casa only recommends sports drinks if your child is exercising for multiple hours. But if your child is playing a sport where there's a lot of downtime and it's not hot out, then water is the best thing for her to drink. Sports drinks are cited as one of the sugar sweetened beverages that add needless extra sugars to children's diets. And consuming too many added sugars puts children at risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes later on.
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