Report Warns 'Kid-Friendly' Foods Are Dangerous for Our Toddlers​

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In many moms' ongoing efforts to get their kids to eat healthy, they reach for "kid-friendly foods." Only a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that many of these foods aren't kid-friendly at all, since they contain tons of added sugar and sodium.

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In this comprehensive survey of 1,074 infant and toddler dinners, vegetables, cereals, and snacks, researchers found the following disturbing facts: 

  • Added sugar was found in one-third of toddler dinners, 97 percent of breakfast pastries and cereal bars, and 88 percent of drinks for infants and toddlers.
  • 72 percent of toddler dinners were found to be high in sodium, containing an average of 2,295 milligrams per meal. Meanwhile, the Institute of Medicine recommends no more than 1,500 milligrams for toddlers per day.
  • Savory snacks like crackers, rice cakes, and mini hot dogs were found on average to contain 486 milligrams of sodium per 100 grams. That's more sodium than what's found in potato chips for adults!

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With offerings like these on grocery store shelves, is it any wonder why 23 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 5 are either overweight or obese? They also face an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease down the road.

Bottom line? Read the labels on "kid-friendly" food and make sure they live up to that claim.

Do you worry about the levels of sugar and sodium in your child's diet?

 

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