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These 5 Kiddie Foods are Unexpectedly Harmful

Parents such as yourself always want to give what’s best for their children. However, what you think is best sometimes actually is not. This is ultimately true when it comes to food that your children want you to feed to them. Today, we will let you know some of the most common foods that you think are healthy for kids but in reality, is not.

Juice

Parents always think that juice is healthy for children. For starters, you may be thinking that juice is not all that bad because it contains lots of vitamin C which help fight illness such as cold, influenza, and many others. However, if you think about it, juice is only healthy if it is derived from natural means such as squeezing oranges or mangoes. Juice on the market in retrospect is much more harmful than you think.

Juice sold in the market when given to children frequently can lead to complications such as diabetes and kidney problems. This is because such juice compared to freshly squeezed ones undergo a lot of processes during manufacturing. Most are added with additives and preservatives in order to prolong their longevity. Artificial flavoring and sugar are also used to enhance flavor. Imagine giving your 5-year-old child a juice that has all of these chemicals on a regular basis. Expect that in a span of three years that child will be suffering from kidney problems and diabetes just because of one reason-market produced juice.

So instead of buying one in the market be more conscious of your child’s health and squeeze the juice yourself. After all, this also helps you save money while at the same time allowing you to give more healthy drinks to your child. Mango, pineapple, and oranges are some of the fruits which you can squeeze for juice easily which kids will surely love.

Yogurt

Yogurt helps solve and prevent stomach issues caused by bad bacteria. It contains calcium, potassium, Vitamin B6 and magnesium. Thus you might think that this is a regular healthy snack for the kids. Well, you are absolutely wrong, yogurt that you buy in the market is packed with sugar and artificial flavoring. Plus, regularly giving it to gets will make them suffer from the harmful effects of too much potassium, calcium, Vitamin B6 and magnesium. The result of excessive intake of these nutrients in the body are as follows:

  • Too much vitamin B6 can lead to
  • lack of muscle control and coordination of voluntary movements
  • disfiguring skin lesions
  • heartburn and nausea
  • Photosensitivity
  • Numbness
  • Too much magnesium can lead to
  • diarrhea
  • lethargy
  • low blood pressure
  • urine retention
  • respiratory stress
  • cardiac arrest
  • Too much calcium can lead to
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Too much potassium can lead to
  • Palpitation
  • numbness
  • troubled breathing
  • chest pain
  • weakness

This information is not presented to tell you that you should stop giving you kids yogurt. We are telling you this to recommend that you give yogurt to kids on an occasional basis. Remember too much of everything is harmful, don’t give yogurt to kids as a regular snack.

Cereals

Kids love cereals because they exhibit the ideal morning food for kids. That packaging which literally states, “Hey eat me!I’m sweet and healthy! really catches the eye of young ones. Even you, as a kid, love cereals because they’re sweet, comes in different flavors, and is very easy to prepare. Due to this, they are the ideal morning food for kids before going to school. You may think up until now that cereals are not that bad to be eaten regularly, however you should know that it is darker than what you think.

Just like other kiddie foods, cereals are made to sweet, meaning they have a LOT of sugar. A recent study conducted on Honey Nut Cheerios showed results that it has more sugar than Chips Ahoy! Cookies. This is why instead of going for an all-out cereal buffet for kids during morning breakfast, you should start to train them on eating healthy foods in the morning such as bread, eggs, etc.

Chicken Nuggets

Kids and adults love chicken nuggets. It’s savory, goes well with bread, and will not make anyone tired of eating it for an entire lifetime. Most can easily be found in supermarkets and are really cheap, making it a great budget food for the family. In reality, the name “chicken nuggets” is a misnomer. Why? read on and let us discuss how it is made in detail.

Chicken nuggets are really made of chicken. However, most are made with fats and a few portions of chicken meat. Furthermore, the method of processing them uses artificial chemicals such as additives and preservatives in order to prolong their longevity and enhance flavor. Also, the method of cooking them exposes kids to the risks of being obese. This is because chicken nuggets are always fried with oil. Even if you argue that the oil that you are using to cook them is healthy, oil, after all, is oil. It raises food cholesterol levels by leaps and bounds.

This is why we highly recommend that you let your kids eat chicken nuggets occasionally. Giving it once or twice a weak is ideal. Also, remember to add vegetable side dishes or fruits as you serve it to your kids. Salads and fibrous fruits paired with chicken nuggets once in a while will never do harm to your beloved offspring.

Packaged Pasta

Mac n’ cheese, canned spaghetti, ramen noodles, and other types of packaged pasta are loved by kids. Parents like you, love it even more because they are easy to prepare and are downright delicious. Well, we don’t mean to give the heartbreak but most packaged pasta has tons of cholesterol. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, for example, have 10 grams of cholesterol, 350 calories, 570 sodium, 47g of carbohydrates and 6g of sugar. Let your kids ingest package pasta regularly and you will have obesity explosion in the house within 5 years.

Instead of giving packaged pasta, it is more healthy to prepare them yourselves. Choose the most healthy ingredient and try your best to imitate the flavors of packaged pasta available in the market. With this, you will be assured that your kids will stay healthy and strong.

To wrap up, the healthiest foods that you can give to your children are always prepared by your own hands and not prepared by the market. Keeping your kids healthy by giving them the right food always takes effort. The best parents always persevere in giving the best for their kids. If you want to be one of them, you can start by giving children homemade food filled with love, effort, and nutrients.