With the enhancement of parents’ health concept, when choosing food for children, they will pay special attention to whether the words “no added preservatives” and “low fat” are written on the packaging.
However, parents are reminded that some foods are just a healthy coat and are not actually that safe.
First, is it healthy without preservatives?
Preservatives are harmful to the body, so when choosing snacks for their children, parents think that they are healthy when they see no preservatives added.
The merchants also seized the parent’s mentality and used the banner of “no preservatives added” to increase the selling point of the products. However, some snacks, although no preservatives are added, contain high sugar or high salt, in order to prolong the shelf life and improve the taste of the food.
So when parents choose food, they should also look at the ingredient list and shelf life. If the shelf life is long and no preservatives are added, it may be in the amount of salt and sugar. made an article.
Second, is it necessary to choose low-fat milk for children?
Most people think of obesity when they see fat, so many parents are too concerned about the intake of fat, and when choosing milk for children, they also choose low-fat milk.
However, the taste of low-fat milk is often more sour. In order to improve the taste, merchants will add a lot of sugar to the milk, resulting in an increase in carbohydrate content, which obviously balances the energy reduction of low-fat milk. intake.
And increased sugar also increases a child’s risk of tooth decay.
At the same time, it must be mentioned that fat is an important component of human cells and one of the substances necessary for the growth and development of children.
Also, fat-soluble vitamins require fat to be absorbed, which means that eating these vitamins is useless without fat. Over time, the child will be malnourished due to lack of vitamins.
Therefore, there is absolutely no need to choose low-fat milk that is high in carbohydrates.
Third, be careful with “flavored” yogurts
At present, many yogurts on the market are “flavored” yogurts, and there are very few “non-flavored” yogurts. The difference between the two yogurts is whether they have added something.
The former can add grains, fruits and vegetables, food additives or nutritional fortifiers, etc., while the latter only uses milk or milk powder as raw materials and cannot add any other ingredients.
Theoretically, yogurt is fermented from pure milk without adding any sugar or other raw materials, but this yogurt tastes really bad, and most people cannot accept it without seasoning. To boost sales, manufacturers add a lot of sugar.
But the more sugar you add, the lower the nutritional value of yogurt, which can lead to sweetness and tooth decay.
Therefore, for yogurt with the word “flavor”, look carefully at the ingredient list and choose one that is high in raw milk and low in sugar.
Fourth, there are actually no whole grains in whole grain bread
Coarse grains are rich in dietary fiber, which can increase intestinal peristalsis and help children improve intestinal health.
When parents choose bread, they often choose whole grain bread. However, the “coarse grains” market is too chaotic, and many breads under the banner of “coarse grain bread” are actually just a little bit of coarse grains added to the white flour.
When parents are buying, please read the ingredient list carefully, and choose products with “oat” or “whole wheat flour” as the first ingredient.
In addition, whole wheat bread is rough and difficult for children to eat. Some businesses add a lot of oil and sugar in order to improve the taste.
Fifth, use crispy fruits and vegetables instead of fresh fruits and vegetables
Some children do not like to eat fruit, but they love the crunchy and sweet fruit and vegetable slices, so parents buy themDried fruits and vegetables are available for children to eat, but dried fruits and vegetables cannot replace fresh fruits.
In order to make the taste of dried fruits and vegetables more crisp, many dried fruits and vegetables have been deep-fried, which seems to be oil-free and salt-free. As a result, fruit and vegetable tablets contain a lot of fat, which is not healthy for children to eat.
Even if you choose “freeze-dried” dried fruits and vegetables, you should eat less, because the dried fruits and vegetables remove the water and the sugar content is concentrated. In order to control the intake of sugar, it is best to eat every day. Controlled below 20g.
So, how can you choose healthy snacks for your child?
Looking at the above foods that are not “healthy”, parents may be struggling with how to choose snacks for their children.
In fact, when choosing food for children, focus on the ingredient list and ingredient list of food packaging. The higher the content in the front of the ingredient list, the lower the content in the back, so you should focus on the ingredient list. the first few.
Raw milk, eggs, wheat, meat, vegetables and fruits are the best ones to rank first, while salt, sugar, and oil are better ranked as far back as possible.
Parents should try their best to choose low-sodium, low-sugar, and low-salt natural foods for their children. However, for snacks with moderate amounts of sugar, it is not too much for children to eat once or twice a week. Parents need not worry too much. However, foods containing alcohol must be strictly avoided.