Those were the words I heard a mum say to her children as I walked in town this weekend.
Now, I’m no party pooper and believe in the odd treat here and there.
Why? It’s actually healthy for us to indulge once in a while. I know too well how much I enjoy a cold StellaJ
But what if you are unwittingly giving your kids treats on a daily basis? You think you’re giving them healthy food but in reality you’re just plying them with junk disguised as healthy snacks?
Well according to a report by Which? This week giving your child just two pre-packed lunchbox products could add 22g sugar and 1.8g salt to their daily intake.
They basically assessed the nutrition value of some popular items aimed at kids lunchboxes and found that they weren’t as healthy as they looked to the eye initially.
I was amazed at how much sugar and junk goes into these foods and wanted to share with you what was in that report.
- ·The Fruit Factory Fruit Strings are almost 50% sugar – each 20g serving contains 9.6g sugar.***
- ·Kellogg’s Coco Pops Snack Bar contains 8g (42%) sugar per bar.
- ·Each 40g tube of Petits Filous Frubes contains 5.8g (14.5%) sugar.
- ·One pack of Dairylea Lunchables Ham’n’Cheese Crackers contains 1.8g salt, more than half the daily allowance of a 5 year old.
- ·Each 200ml bottle of Robinsons Fruit Shoot Juice (blackcurrant and apple) contains 22g (26%) sugar – over 4 teaspoons and a quarter of a 5-10 year old’s guideline daily amount of sugar.
Now I’m no scientist and I don’t have kids but it’s no wonder some kids seem so hyper all the time. Look at the chemicals that are pumped in them.
And they are not cheap either. Adding just a couple of these treats amount to the cost of the average primary school din dins.
So as the Which? Report says, these so called handy lunch box fillers are not good for your kids health or your wallet. You’re better off making your own children’s lunches or giving them school dinners which are more nutritionally balanced. A bit of fruit, nuts and seeds, dried fruit helps go a long way.
Remember good healthy eating habits are formed when we’re kids. So start them young and start them on the right foot!