To feed your kids with fried French fries a couple of times for sure won’t kill them, but if you offer them every day, that can affect their health. The foods that you will read here, are the worst that you can give to your kids, so try to choose healthy foods for them.
Foods You Should Never Feed Your Kids
One occasional sip of soda won’t harm your children, but if they drink soda every day, that will. Do you know that only one 12 oz can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar! So, that much sugar can cause a “sugar rush” effect that is followed by up and down behavior.
The soda also promotes cavities and wears away tooth enamel. Also, it is very addictive, so if you introduce soda early in life to your children, and that can cause them to develop a taste for sweet drinks over water and milk.
Almond, Coconut, Cashew or Soy Milk, aloe juice, homemade fruit infused water and 100% juice, diluted
- Chicken Nuggets
Processed chicken nuggets like you can find at the popular fast food restaurants are made of a mash of chicken, packed full of preservatives and stabilizers with corn based ingredients and a lot of sugar.
It is not worth the calories, sodium levels and high fat, for what they are. If you add a high fructose laden, sugary dip as the ketchup and you will make a poor meal even worse.
Organic varieties or homemade chicken nuggets in a health food freezer section are a great and much better option. Also, you can use grilled chicken breast. Serve with a healthy yogurt dressing or marinara sauce.
- Hot Dogs and Processed Lunch Meat
There are many warnings over the years that the hot dogs and some other cured meats like bologna, bacon and salami increase the risk for cancer because of the high nitrate levels, but some further more research debunked this idea, because there are more nitrates found in spinach, human saliva, and some other veggies than in hot dogs.
What is bad about the hot dogs are their high levels of saturated fat, high calories and high sodium levels that raise the blood pressure and cholesterol.
Turkey or Chicken hot dogs and uncured hot dogs.
- Sugary Cereals
Sugary cereals are nothing but a sugar and a lot of empty calories. Cereal companies are advertising about how much fiber and whole grains are in each serving, but the food coloring and high sugar in these cereals outweigh the benefits.
If it is marketed to kids, be sure to check the label. Even some cereals for adults contain high level of sugar that is sometimes disguised like “cane juice.”
The old fashioned oatmeal with cinnamon and pure raw honey, Greek Yogurt and organic granola, whole grain cereal and fresh fruit.
- Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
We know that all the kids love those popular fan shapes and cartoon characters making the quick and easy to make meal a basic in most peoples’ pantry. But this fun items are usually made from GMO’s and loaded with high sodium levels, empty calories, and artificial dyes in order to make the color more appetizing.
Many countries have banned the products that have artificial colors because of the neurological effects on children, but our FDA thinks that they are safe for us. Most boxed mac and cheese is made with margarine and cow’s milk, adding steroids, antibiotics and more chemicals.
Homemade cheese and macaroni with gluten free or whole grain boiled pasta, olive oil or butter and Parmesan cheese. You can make it extra healthy by tossing in vegetables. For a more orange color, sneak it in some creamed butternut squash.
- Fruit Snacks and Gummy Bears
The package says that they are “made with real fruit”, but they are not. Many of these snacks don’t contain fruit and just have minimal traces of fruit together with artificial dyes, flavors and a lot of sugar.
Choose snacks that are made with 100% real fruit with no added artificial coloring or flavors, and without sugar. Or maybe you should try eating fresh fruit.
- Toaster Pastries and Pop Tarts
Children for years have eaten toaster pastries or pop tarts as a quick snack or before school. But, they are made with refined flour that have added sugar, preservatives, artificial dyes and flavors, and it is stripped of its nutrients. Your child will be hungry for sure before lunchtime, and the ingredients are horrible for kids with ADHD.
Whole grain pita or toast with almond or peanut butter. Another excellent and quick solution are the Clif Bars.
- French Fries
Golden brown, salty French fries are usually accompanying every fast food meal. We are sure that you all love French fries even though we know that they are really horrible for us. Aside from salt, they are full of damaging and bad trans fats that increase the risk for cancer and diabetes, and clog arteries.
Baked sweet potato fries, baked potato wedges served with a healthy dip from Greek yogurt.
Probably you are using these like a snack for teething toddlers, or a healthy snack for your older children, but they are nothing more than empty calories and sodium. Just like eating candies and sweets can help children develop a sweet tooth, eating salty snacks can give them a “salty tooth.”
Eat whole grain-low sodium organic crackers, maybe with flax seed.