It was tough to come up with only seven foods to never feed your kids. There are a lot of unhealthy foods out there. Many will set your child up for a lifetime of bad health and obesity. Kids foods are aggressively marketed during children’s TV programs and brightly packaged with friendly cartoons. It can be hard to fight with your kid at the grocery store. However, kids’ foods are so bad for kids that you absolutely must refuse to buy them.
#1 Sweetened Drinks Like Fruit Juice.
Kids love sugar. Sugar is really bad for kids. Sports drinks, fruit juice, sodas… all those yummy drinks with bright colored labels and targeted advertising should never be consumed by children. Even 100% fruit juice is not healthy. Fruit contains a lot of sugar as well as fiber and nutrients.
#2 Breakfast Cereal.
Breakfast cereal and pastries offer up some terrifically bad nutrition. Start with the white refined flour. The body treats white flour just like sugar. If you don’t burn it off through exercise, your body turns it into belly fat. You get no fiber or nutrients from white flour. The colors are all artificial and linked to behavioral issues.
#3 Processed Meat.
Hot dogs are part of childhood and they shouldn’t be. Processed meats are chockfull of preservatives, unhealthy fat, and tons of salt. Nitrates are linked to cancer (even the organic kind). Feeding processed meats (hot dogs, sausage, pepperoni, ham, deli meat, etc) to kids sets them up for a life time of heart problems and weight issues.
#4 Flash Fried Finger Food.
Flash fried finger food is also known as chicken nuggets, fish sticks, and mozzarella sticks. These are just nasty on several levels. For instance, chicken nuggets contain more than 20 ingredients (including low quality chicken), many not found in nature. One ingredient is refined flour (breading). They are then fried in trans fats like hydrogenated vegetable oils.
#5 Boxed Mac ‘n’ Cheese.
Who knew boxed mac and cheese, that childhood favorite, is bad for you. Sorry. Guess what the noodle are made with? White flour aka belly fat. And the cheese? Sodium, preservatives, non-food additives and practically no nutrition. One of the most dangerous chemicals in boxed mac and cheese are phthalates. These were banned a decade ago from baby toys. They’ve been linked to learning and behavioral problems.
#6 Packaged Lunches.
Know packaged lunches? Deli meat, cheese, crackers, dessert and fruit juice? Really bad. Start with crackers. White flour made shelf stable with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil – the bad fats. Add deli meat. Call it preserved fat. Next cheese. If it’s real cheese, it may be the healthiest thing in the box. But it’s full of saturated fat. If it’s cheese food, oil and chemicals.
#7 Kids’ Meals.
Hamburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, fries, and a sugary drink. Something your picky toddler will eat. If it’s fast food, more of it comes from the test tube instead of the farm. White flour bread, processed potatoes shaped into fries, and cheese “food” colored with fake colors and flavored with preservatives and salt. Restaurant kids’ meals are only slightly less suspect.