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5 Food Ingredients to Avoid Giving Kids


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Most people don’t think about the finer ingredients of the food they eat, but — surprise, surprise — many of those ingredients can be considered poisonous. Chemicals or extremely treated ingredients added to foods can cause damage to your health and well-being. Food that has been preserved, dried out or has had compounds inserted are considered treated foods. These can be potentially hazardous to anybody, but especially to children, whose bodies are still growing and who rely on good nutrition for proper development. As a nanny, you’ll be tasked with making sure the kids eat right, so here are a few ingredients to minimize or avoid altogether:

Palm Oil
When a standard fat is shot with hydrogen, it becomes firm and turns into a trans-fat. This allows wrapped foodstuffs to advertise it as being at its best. Packaged food can sit on grocery store shelves for an inordinate length of time without spoiling, and eating foods with palm oil increases your cholesterol. These types of fat also upsurge threats of blood masses and heart attacks.

Where you can find palm oil:

• Most butters and margarine
• Most non-dairy creamers
• Most chocolate cookies
• Most chocolate candies
• Most fruit candies

White Processed Foods
When a whole grain is processed, the majority of its nutrients are taken out, which then allows the food to last longer at home or in a grocery store. Bran and germ are eradicated, meaning that beneficial components like fiber, vitamins and minerals are removed. Refined granules are bereft of fiber and additional nutrients. These processed grains are also too simple to break down. They upsurge your blood sugar, eventually leading to a myriad of complications. To offset this, supplant white processed grains with whole grains.

Where you can find white processed grains:

• Flour
• Rice
• Pasta
• Bread
• Crackers
• Cereal
• Everyday sugars, such as table sugar.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Fortunately, the quantity of refined sugar Americans put away has dropped over the past few decades. That being said, almost 20 times as much high fructose corn syrup is still being ingested. According to recent studies, Americans ingest more calories from high fructose corn syrup than from any other source. It increases hormones that hoard fat and pushes many to eat too much, resulting in weight gain and numerous health problems. The best thing to do regarding high fructose corn syrup is avoid it completely. Because high fructose corn syrup is in a large number of foods, try finding healthier versions of foods the children enjoy. Be sure to scan the ingredients of the foods you buy to ensure you are not purchasing food with high fructose corn syrup.

Where you can find high fructose corn syrup:

• English muffins
• Bread rolls
• White bread
• Pizza sauce
• Spaghetti sauce
• Barbecue sauce
• Soft drinks
• Sweetened breakfast cereals
• Lunch meats
• Sausages
• Macaroni and cheese
• Boxed meals
• Packaged lunch meals
• Salad dressing
• Yogurt
• Liquid cough suppressants, especially children’s medicines

Artificial Sweeteners

Aspartame, saccharin and sucralose might be even harsher on metabolic systems than regular sugar. These sweeteners actually do more damage than many people realize. Analyses have implied that artificial sweeteners mislead the brain into disregarding that saccharinity means additional calories, so people are more willing to eat sweet treats than they were before. Skim through ingredient descriptions and stay away from these allegedly “healthy” sweeteners. If you are in the mood for something sweet, reach for a piece of fresh fruit instead of a dessert containing any artificial sweeteners.

Where you can find artificial sweeteners:

• Soft drinks
• Certain medications
• Certain vitamin supplements
• Any food advertised as containing no sugar

Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Benzoate
These additives are often put in sodas to stop fungus from cultivating, however, benzene is a recognized chemical compound that is correspondingly connected with severe thyroid impairment. Hazardous stages of benzene can accumulate when plastic jugs of soda are laid open to high temperatures or when the additives are intermixed with ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C.

Where you can find sodium benzoate:

• Soft drinks
• Apples (low levels)
• Plums (low levels)
• Berries (low levels)
• Cranberries (low levels)
• Cloves
• Cinnamon

Where you can find potassium benzoate:

• Soft drinks
• Salted margarine
• Olives
• Sauces
• Relishes
• Jams
• Jellies
• Pastry and pie fillings
• Low-fat salad dressings

If the kids are used to eating foods that contain these ingredients, it may be hard for them to stop eating them altogether. Start with little steps, such as replacing a bag of potato chips with baked kale, or switching out ice cream with Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries. In time, children who are given fresh foods rather than processed ingredients will adopt healthy eating habits.

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