Kids love to snack, and it's tempting to grab the nearest item from the pantry and let them eat. But all too often, we don't read the labels, and our children end up eating more sodium and fat grams than we realize. Not everything that looks healthy is, right? Goodguide.com is here to help us. They've shared with us their top three snacks that we should avoid... and you can find another two on their site!
Chef Boyardee Macaroni and Cheese
Not all Mac and Cheeses are created equal. Chef Boyardee Mac & Cheese has several ingredients you want to stay away from: added colors, partially hydrogenated soybean oil and lots of salt. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, healthy adults should aim to eat less than 2500 mg (and CSPI says 1500 milligrams) of sodium a day, or about one teaspoon of salt. It is estimated that 75% of the sodium we consume is added to foods by manufacturers.
Horizon Reduced Fat Milk, Strawberry
Milk is a good source of calcium, but flavored milks are often full of sugar. The 31 grams of sugar in 1 cup of this Horizon milk is equivalent to almost 8 teaspoons of sugar. If sugar (or other words indicating added sugar) are listed in the first few ingredients of a label, you know that the majority of the total sugars in the product come from added sugars.
Next time, try throwing a few fresh strawberries in a blender with some plain milk!
Keebler Club Crackers Snack Sticks
That sweet flavor in these snack sticks that makes these crackers addicting might just be High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). HFCS accounts for 10% of all calories in the overall U.S. diet, according to the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, and closer to 20% in specific segments of the population including children. The USDA estimates that the average American consumes 17 teaspoons of HFCS every day! So, see our top crackers and help reduce your children's HFCS intake today.
You can find even more great information about safe, healthy and green products by visiting GoodGuide.
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