Foods Your Kids Should Avoid

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There is a popular expression when it comes to eating, everything in moderation. While the occasional indulgence is perfectly acceptable – if not encouraged, come on people – there are some foods your kids should practice avoiding. Allow us to steer you in the right direction.

Sugar is definitely delicious but it’s also highly destructive when it comes to our teeth. The sugar that remains after eating that coats the teeth quickly wares away at the enamel, the protective outer surface of our teeth. After the enamel is sufficiently worn, that’s it – the tooth decays and becomes infected. This is why it’s important for parents to take an active role in their children’s oral health and subsequent diets.

It all starts at the breakfast table. Is there any food more notorious for being saturated with sugar than cereal geared towards kids? There’s good reason people light up in the breakfast aisle – bright colors catch the eye and familiar labels read like old friends.

Parents should be conservative about what breakfast items they’re providing. If you simply can’t avoid the convenience of boxed cereal, target low-sugar choices such as Cheerios, Kix and Life. These cereals also provide an excellent source of fiber.

Juice is prevalent throughout the day for most children, which can actually drum up cavities over time. Many of the juices found on store shelves are highly concentrated in sugar. Don’t be fooled by these juices marketing themselves as nutritious – they can actually cause more harm than good.

Snacking obviously presents its own unique set of challenges – how do you appease the sweet tooth without junking your teeth? Find a happy medium with your kids. Look for alternatives that are low in sugar and sodium like graham crackers or trail mix. Keep in mind, it’s okay to indulge now and then – just keep the toothbrush on standby!

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