With all the conflicting nutrition messages from nutritionists, books, magazines and the media, no wonder everyone is confused about what to eat and what not to eat. The public is bombarded with health information that is difficult to decipher. Here is a list of the top three foods to avoid giving to kids.
Pop and other Sugary Drinks:
Not only is pop bad for your teeth it overall bad for your health. One can of pop contains around 150 empty calories, has 42 grams of sugar, no vitamins, fiber, or protein, definitely not good for kids.
Now juice is a little hard to wrap your head around. Pediatricians encourage juice since the beginning of time. Juices does contain some vitamins, However, it is mostly sugar. Although it is natural sugars from fruit, it is still sugar and over time this can contribute to weight gain and cavities.
If juice is your cup of tea, choose fruit or vegetables juices without added sugar, sugar-free fruit flavored beverages or better yet, water.
Flavored Milk and Sports Drinks:
From children to adults, calcium is very important. If kids have a hard time drinking plain milk, flavored milk is not necessarily the right choice. The flavors bring a tremendous amount of calories and sugar in which negate the positives of the milk.
If you are sick, sports drinks such as gatorade or powerade can be beneficial for electrolyte purposes. These drinks can also be beneficial when you after exerting yourself with intense exercise or manual labor. However, these situations do not usually apply to children and end up adding a lot of extra sugar to their daily diets. So instead of grabbing chocolate milk or gatorade, choose water or low-fat white milk.
French Fries and Potato Chips:
French fries are high in calories, fat and sodium and are low in beneficial nutrients. This is true for not only kids but adults as well. Both Fries and chips contain a tremendous amount of grams of fat and sodium. Although some fried potatoes do contain some protein, unsaturated fat and fiber; the benefits are not large enough to warrant in anyones diet. Instead of choosing french fries or potato chips, choose yogurt, fresh fruit, side salad or even baked chips.
Kim Bui, born and raised in Kansas City, graduated from high school at St. Teresa’s Academy and college at Rockhurst University. Now Kim is pursuing her masters in Business. With her charisma, Kim welcomes every patient with a smile and willingness to make their experience something to rave about.