The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention have come to knowledge that compared to surveys conducted 30 years ago obesity problems with children have increased by double. While parents remain uncertain about the cause of this serious problem, childhood obesity expert claims to know the reasons.
Parents are unsure about healthy foods choices. Even with the various nutritious foods displayed in supermarkets, in reality, many of those still cause weight gain. So which foods are genuinely healthy and don’t lead to weight gain?
AS IT FOLLOWS, HERE ARE SEVERAL OF THE BIGGEST FOOD MYTHS.
1. THE MYTH BEHIND FOOD LABELED AS “DIET”, “GLUTEN FREE”, AND “ORGANIC FOOD”
Never rely on labels, such as “healthy”, “gluten free” or “organic”. All of these can mislead you that you have made the right food choices for you and your kids. Make sure you notice ingredients such as artificial sweeteners, sodium, calories, nutritional values, etc.
Each of these can contribute to both, healthy or unhealthy food habits. Lowering sodium levels are especially important with children who are overweight because it helps with prevention of heart diseases in the future. Artificial sweeteners are addictive and make children eat more and more even when they are not hungry.
Growing up is a very important process and children need more calories food for their growth. But it is important to balance this food with the needed proportions of vitamins A, B, C, D, iron, and calcium.
2. THE MYTH BEHIND JUICE
Given the common knowledge of how healthy fresh fruits are, some parents think that fruit juice is also healthy and nutritious. However, juice is not a fair substitute for fruit. Even though many types of juices are enriched with vitamins and great nutritious value, they do not contain fiber which is lost in the process of juicing.
3. THE MYTH BEHIND THE CEREALS
It is commonly believed that cereals are the ideal breakfast for your kids before they are headed to school. But, be advised! Some kinds of cereals contain more sugar than sweet food, and all of that sugar is cleverly hidden behind the boasted quantity of vitamins and nutrients values in commercials. The high levels of glucose raise the blood sugar levels and increase calorie consumption. That’s why you should always read the ingredients values carefully and educate yourself about all the sneaky sugar terms, which deceive parents into thinking they are healthy. Of course, you can always replace cereals with fruits, eggs, yogurt, oatmeal and other nutritious and yummy food.
4. THE MYTH BEHIND WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
It is widely believed that there is a big difference between white bread and whole wheat bread. But, do not be fooled. The similarities are bigger than you would have ever guessed. The glucose levels are high with both types of bread and they are broken down into the bloodstream in the same ways. This leads to a number of serious medical conditions, such as diabetes.
If a product is labeled as whole wheat, it does not necessarily contain healthy grains, which are needed by children. In the course of processing, whole wheat bread is almost entirely deprived of fiber. That is why you should always look for the 100% whole grains products on the shelves.
5. THE MYTH BEHIND FROZEN YOGURT
Even though in comparison to ice cream or other desserts, frozen yogurt does seem as a healthy choice, it does not mean it is the best alternative for a dessert. Even with its low levels of fat, it contains high levels of calories. For an instance, a big cup of frozen yogurt contains about 360 calories with 76 grams of sugar, without topping being included. And we all know that most children prefer their frozen yogurt with sweet toppings, such as sprinkles, candy, syrups which contain additional proportions of fattening sugars and eventually lead to unwanted consequences like obesity and health problems.
6. THE MYTH BEHIND VEGGIE CHIPS
Not every food made of veggies is a safe and healthy alternative. Against the common belief, veggie chips contain the same levels of calories like potato chips and are not the healthy substitute for chips. There is a small amount of vegetables found in the veggie chips and is outnumbered by high proportions of corn flour and potatoes. Not to forget, that all the nutritious values of the vegetables are stripped off in the cooking process.
So instead of going for the ready products, serve yourself healthy homemade kale chips for example, or go on and get creative in your kitchens.