Parents regularly ask themselves what foods they should avoid giving their children. It’s a question we ask while cooking or as they’re walking through the grocery aisle. But do we really know what foods to never eat? We know a lot of what we should, but aside from the obvious what should we avoid at all costs?
We know childhood obesity has become a huge problem. Most kids don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and other nutritious things. These habits often follow them on to adulthood. So yes, we can make healthy food, but what should we just never even bring home and give them the concept might taste good?
- Sugary cereals.
- Fruit Snacks. Gummy fruit snacks, fruit rolls, and jellies are nothing but sugar.
- Microwave popcorn. The butter topping can contain hydrogenated oils.
- Refrigerated biscuits. Especially when topped with butter or margarine.
- Boxed Mac and Cheese. Highly processed and devoid of nutrients, boxed macaroni and cheese is loaded with sodium and preservatives, which can condition kids’ developing palates to crave more salty, artificial foods.
- Soda. This one should be a no-brainer, since hundreds of studies link soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and aggressive behavior in children.
- Candy. Not that candy is healthy anyways, but all the sugar and oil is a bad combination.
- Canned Frosting.
- Fried foods.
- Pop Tarts. These processed pastries have dextrose, sugar, and both corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup.
- Premade pie crusts. They may be easier, but they contain high amounts of partially hydrogenated oils.
- Pancakes and waffles. Boxed mixes can contain shortening or oils that are not good for you.
- Processed Meats. Many of these meats contain nitrates, a preservative that interferes with the body’s natural ability to process sugar, which increases the risk for diabetes. It can also up your odds of developing thyroid and colon cancer. If that wasn’t bad enough, most processed meats are also loaded with sodium, a known contributor to hypertension that can make you bloat and set you up to develop heart disease.
- Frozen Foods. From preservatives and artificial fillers to mountains of sodium that wreak havoc on your mood, frozen entrees are not to be trusted.