5 Dangerous Foods You Shouldn’t Give Kids

5 Dangerous Foods You Shouldn’t Give Kids

We often start giving our children foods that are rich in sugar at a very young age, not knowing the harm they can get. These foods affect the physiological functions of their bodies. Some foods increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, certain types of cancer, and other chronic illness.

Here are some of the foods you shouldn’t give your beloved children.

Honey

Honey is very nutritious. Many parents give it to their children as an alternative to cough syrups to dull the annoying symptoms of a cold. You should not give honey to children under the age of two years because it can cause infant botulism. Children above the age of two years develop bacteria in their intestines that act as a defense against harmful spores that cause infant botulism. Honey can also cause stomach aches and other allergies.

Juice

Many parents believe that juice is healthy. Children always crave juice may be due to its colorful packaging. A glass of juice contains five to six teaspoons of sugar. All these sugar goes to the bloodstream causing problems in the metabolism of fats. Eating foods that have a high content of sugar and carbohydrates increases the risk of diabetes, heart diseases, and obesity.

The freshly squeezed juice is rich in nutrients, but it also contains added sugar that cancels out its health benefits. The American Academy for Pediatrics recommends eating fruits instead of drinking juice. Blending fruits gives you a healthy juice that is safe for everyone.

Milkshakes

When choosing between milkshake and soda, many parents go for a milkshake. Unfortunately, it is as dangerous as soda as it contains a lot of sugar and fats. Regularly drinking fatty drinks such as milkshake increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Instead of giving your children milkshake, consider giving them low-fat dairy products. High-fat dairy products such as milkshake and butter increase blood cholesterol levels, which then results in cardiovascular diseases.

Chicken nuggets

They are in many fast food joints, restaurants, and stores. Their manufacturing companies claim that they are from real chickens, but they fail to tell you they aren’t healthy. They go through processing, and most are dip fried in unhealthy fatty oils.

If your children love chicken nuggets, consider preparing them yourself at home. Dip chicken pieces or strips in an egg wash and then roll them in seasoned bread crumbs. Now bake them thoroughly and enjoy your homemade chicken nuggets with your children.

Packaged pasta

Noodles and spaghetti are children and adult’s favorite because they are tasty, simple to make, and inexpensive. Packaged pasta contains a harmful chemical known as phthalates. Phthalates are also present in macaroni and cheese. When consumed, phthalates affect the normal functioning of hormones.

Packaged pasta contains low nutritional content, despite having a lot of calories. To be on the safer side, get your children a healthier version of macaroni, or prepare some healthy foods for them.