Kid Foods Low on Nutrition

A Canadian study claims that food products marketed to children have poor nutritional content. Reuters reports:
The study, done by the University of Calgary, found that nine out of 10 food items provided poor nutritional value because of high levels of sugar, fat or sodium.

Just under 70 percent of the products - which excluded soft drinks, and confectionary and bakery items - derived a high proportion of their calories from sugar.

One in five had high fat levels, and 17 percent had high sodium levels.

Even so, 62 percent of the products with poor nutritional quality made positive claims on the front of the packaging, amid increasing concerns over childhood obesity.

"Parents may have questions about which packaged foods are good for their children," said lead researcher Charlene Elliott in a statement.

"Yet certain nutritional claims may add to the confusion, as they can mislead people into thinking the whole product is nutritious," she added.
Now, this may be true, but, isn’t it up to the parents to say, “No. I’m not buying that crap!”
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Leslie K - July 15, 2008 11:30 AM

Typically, if it's prepackaged, it's low on nutrition.

As much as possible, stick to the outer edges of the grocery store.

Pre-planning meals helps tremendously in not caving in to the quick fast-food dinners or frozen boxed meals. We now call them "emergency meals".

We started a co-op with a three other families, preparing nutritious freezer meals. It has really helped solve the "what's for dinner" problem.

Leslie K

LolaBloom - July 15, 2008 3:48 PM

I think it's absolutely up to parents to make the choice. I am constantly amazed at studies like this, it's so obvious, are we really that dumbed down of a being that we honestly need a study to realize this? I mean come on!

Michael - July 15, 2008 4:00 PM

I used to love Cheerios as a kid. I thought it was healthy and tasty. Little did I know!

Gerry Pugliese - July 15, 2008 10:57 PM

Hey Michael-

Same thing happened to me. I used to eat Special K Red Berries like crazy. Now I look at breakfast cereal as packing peanuts.


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