Top 10 Most Unhealthy Foods For Your Child

Obesity amongst children is on the rise. Diet and exercise are excellent tools to combat this epidemic. Knowing the top ten unhealthiest foods for your child will prevent issues that are attributed to poor choices in diet.
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Juice Drinks
Fruit juice that is 100% juice is full of vitamin C. The majority of the calories in 100% fruit juice are from sugar and carbohydrates. Fruit-flavoured juice is comprised of artificial colours and high-fructose corn syrup. The acids and sugar in juices can lead to tooth decay.
Soda
Soda is full of empty calories. A ten ounce can has 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrates from sugar. These beverages contain about 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar. It is advised that children not drink soda, as it can lead to oral health complications such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Pre-packaged Lunch and Dinner Kits

These pre-packaged meals are high in saturated fat and sodium. The amount of saturated fat found in these meals is half the daily amount of fat recommended for the average adult. Furthermore pre-packaged meals are low in fibre, vitamins and minerals.

High-Salt Snacks

Snacks with high salt content often contribute to weight gain and high blood pressure. They are full of fat and sugar. Even salty foods that are made with artificial fats can pose health issues to children.

Sugary Breakfast Cereals

Most of the cereals marketed to kids have no nutritional value. They contain 85% more sugar and 60% more sodium than other cereals. Sugary cereals also contain artificial colours and low amounts of fibre.

French Fries

French fries contain about 18% of the suggested daily amounts of fat. Despite being a vegetable, they do not contain the nutrients of their counterparts. They are high in calories and have small amounts of fibre, protein, and calcium.

Sweets/Candy

These have little to no nutritional value. They are high in sugar and contribute to tooth decay. Even candy like fruit leather is not good. Fruit leather contains scarce amounts of fruit and is made with artificial colours.

Sports Drinks and Healthy Beverages

Theses beverages are beneficial. Flavoured milks are a source of nutrients and calcium. Sports drink help to replace electrolytes. However, they add sugar and extra calories to the diet.

Breakfast Pastries

This type of food is quick to prepare and kids undoubtedly like them. However, they are full of sugar and are more suitable as a dessert than a breakfast food.

Processed Meats

The issue with foods like this is that they are full of fat and sodium. A third of the fat in processed meats is saturated fat. These meats do contain some protein, but the majority of their calories are from fat.

Understanding what foods to avoid will help your child eat healthy food choices. These un-healthy food choices will help your child avoid any issues like obesity and tooth decay.

About the author
Jem is a freelance writer who produces content related to nutrition, cosmetic dentistry and general health. You can follow him on twitter at @writerjem.

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