5 of the Worst Foods to Feed Your Child
by Professor Jay
Below I have listed some of the absolute worst foods you can feed your child, and more importantly I have explained Why. This is an important part of your education, and it is your job to pass it on to your child. Note: You may be surprised that 2 of the 5 are actually liquids.
Soda is the #1 worst food you can allow your child to have. It consists of nothing but flavored sugar water. There is no nutritional value, but a lot of calories. The caffeine in soda is another drug that your child should do without.
Most sodas contain the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 empty and unnecessary calories. Sodas are associated with obesity because the overlooked liquid calories in soda just add to overall daily calories. 3 sodas a day can add an extra 400-500 daily calories.
In addition to the added calories, sugary sodas pose a risk of cavities because of their high sugar content and acidity.
This One Is Simple:
Pediatricians, schools, and especially parents should work to eliminate sodas at home and in schools. Period.
#2 WHITE BREAD, WHITE PASTA, WHITE RICE
White bread, white pasta, and white rice are also big NO NO’s for your child’s meal plan. The difference between “white” and “whole wheat” is the presence of fiber. Once again, fiber is something that should be an integral part of a daily meal plan. It is the same concept as removing the fiber from fruit to make juice. It just is not the right thing to do.
Shocking, But TRUE
After the wheat is processed to remove the fiber (to make it “white”), all you have left is primarily starch. Starch is made of a simple sugar called glucose. When we eat starch it is absorbed as 100% sugar. It would be equivalent to watching your child eat tablespoons of sugar straight from the sugar bowl. If that seems a little “off” to you, then you may want to reconsider making “white” breads, rice, and pastas part of your child’s daily meals.
First, let’s talk about the difference between fruit juices and fruit drinks, then discuss why neither should be given to your child.
Fruit drinks are nothing more than flavored sugar water. There is no nutritional value, and should be thought of as being the equivalent to sodas (discussed earlier).
Fruit juices on the other hand do contain some vitamins and minerals, but still should not be part of your child’s healthy meal plan. Excessive juice consumption may be associated with diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal distention, and tooth decay.
Here is another problem with fruit juices. Juice is made by processing fruit. During this process fiber is removed. Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate that offers many, many benefits. For example, fiber provides bulk to meals that leaves a feeling of being satisfied (and less hungry). Because fiber is indigestible, it is not absorbed and therefore contributes no calories. Fiber also plays a critical role in keeping our digestive tracts healthy.
Bottom Line: Removing fiber from fruit leaves sugar water with some vitamins and minerals. Children should be encouraged to eat the whole fruit. It will insure that they get all their necessary fiber, plus it will leave them feeling fuller.
Children should be encouraged to drink water and milk primarily.
#4 Doughnuts, Cupcakes, Pastries
This one is probably obvious to you, but let’s take it a step further and look at exactly WHY these are bad for your child…and YOU!
Earlier we introduced the concept of white bread being composed of straight sugar. After that explanation it probably became clear to you why it made this list of bad foods.
Well, now add saturated fat (such as several ice cream scoops of LARD) to some squished up white bread and mix it all together. Keep in mind that saturated fats are the bad fats that contribute to heart disease.
This is a recipe for disaster.
#5 Fast Food
How bad is fast food? A 15 year study published in The Lancet found that fast-food consumption has strong positive associations with weight gain and insulin resistance, suggesting that fast food increases the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Fast food is extremely dense, high calorie food with marginal nutritional value. In other words, it has a lot of bad processed carbohydrate and bad saturated fat without a lot of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It’s just very unhealthy!
Yes, fast food does have some redeeming qualities. It’s relatively inexpensive, fast, palatable, and easy to prepare. However, the true price tag to pay for this is your health. And if you allow your child to regularly eat it, then it will be your child’s health.
Unfortunately, because the fundamentals of basic nutrition have been ignored for so long, we find ourselves in a real crisis. This crisis is affecting our children right now! This poses a serious threat to the future of America, as well as many other developed countries.
Childhood obesity has tripled over the last 3 decades. Childhood obesity is shortening the lives of our children. Medical experts are predicting that this generation is on track to live a shorter life than their parents.
We need change! As stated earlier, making change in the right direction all begins with education. Too often parents just don’t have the information they need to make informed choices. They are bombarded with contradicting advice on what to feed their children. We need to make better information available to everyone.
As parents, healthcare providers, educators, and people of the community, we must work together to reverse this crisis. It can be done. It must be done.
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