When I hear about limiting processed foods from children's diets, I think about chips, lollies, cakes, biscuits and McDonalds. But what about these snacks, mainly from the health section? How do they compare?
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26-06-2015 18:18 #1
26-06-2015 18:25 #2
I don't have any little ones yet but I would personally be inclined to treat these as the occasional naughty snack (and ban the real junk flat out, to the extent possible). I think these snacks would still be loaded with sugar and sodium, maybe just contains less additives and preservatives and colours etc. just my 2c
26-06-2015 18:27 #3
They're probably just as bad.
The way I look at it is- it's all about limiting and balancing.
Doesn't matter how "healthy" you eat if you aren't getting the correct amount of minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbs, etc.
26-06-2015 18:28 #4
I would consider those sometimes foods as well. They are still heavily processed and low on nutritional value. Better alternative to normal chips though.
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26-06-2015 18:29 #5Senior Member
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Yeah, a lot of the "health food" snacks contain just as much sugar as lollies. My kids snack on fruit, or something I bake from home. I don't find that we need much else.
26-06-2015 18:34 #6
I would view most of them the same way I'd view other "sometimes" food. That bar at the bottom might be ok, I usually find things containing cacao are minimally processed and the popcorn might be ok, depending on whether it is flavoured and if so, with what.
26-06-2015 18:35 #7
Now and then my kids choose one of these as a snack. They come in handy when on shopping trips, car trips or when I don't have anything I've made and they've had enough fruit for the day.
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26-06-2015 18:49 #8
Those snacks are really quite small portions, nothing like as many calories as a McDonalds, piece of cake or chocolate bar. I have no problems with my DS eating them, however I wouldn't consider them "health foods"
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26-06-2015 18:54 #9
yep - still considered processed and treat food.
for snacks that are healthy I tend to stick to fruit as DD is a real fruit and salad stick kind of child. (she still gets plenty of treat food, dont get me wrong. But all of those foods ... biscuits, cake, meusli bars, roll ups etc ... I consider treats and hand them out accordingly)
26-06-2015 19:10 #10
The salt in those potato sticks is UNReal!! Just eat a table spoon of salt!
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