| Posted by Healthy Groms
Supermarket foods, whilst disguised with clever packaging, are not as innocent as they may seem. Many of them are packed with ingredients that are not optimal for your child’s health. We all know that homemade is always best, but let’s get real, homemade is not always an option. So, we’ve put together the top ingredients to avoid for your children’s health, as recommended by highly renowned paediatrician Doctor Alan Greene.
You may not realise, but artificial colours are not nearly as safe as they seem.
There are two dyes in particular you should aim to avoid.
- Red #40 has been proven to cause behavioural and developmental problems in children. Red dye can be found in candy, breakfast cereals and baked goods, amongst others.
- Additionally, Yellow #5, commonly found in household products such as orange-coloured chips, pancake mix, breakfast cereal and jelly, is linked to hyperactivity, hypersensitivity and other behavioural effects.
Whilst avoiding all preservatives altogether would be ideal, it’s not always feasible in today’s world.
Listed below are the worst offenders.
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a proven carcinogen, and can be found in butter, meats, chewing gum and snack foods.
- Sodium Nitrate is linked to an increased risk in cancer in both adults and children. Additionally, high concentrations of nitrate has been known to lead to a condition called ‘blue baby syndrome’ in infants and toddlers, which can be fatal.
- Sodium Benzoate has been found to cause hyperactivity in children, and to make them distractible. It is found in soft drinks, fruit juices and salad dressings.
Linked to obesity and cancer, artificial sweeteners are by no means sweet.
Worst offenders include:
- Aspartame has been linked to numerous diseases, including cancer, seizures, headaches, attention deficit disorder and birth defects. It is often used in conjunction with diet or sugar-free goods, such as diet soft drink, gum, yoghurt, sugarless candy and baked goods.
- Acesulfame-K has been linked to cancer, and is used in soft drinks, frozen desserts, baked goods and candy.
- Saccharin has also been linked to cancer, and can also induce allergic reactions. It is commonly found in tabletop sweeteners, baked goods, jams, canned fruit and candy.
We all know that you should avoid added sugar as much as possible, but HFCS definitely takes the cake for the worst added sugar. Avoid this one at all costs!
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is one of the worst additions to any highly processed food. It has been known to lead to heart attacks, stroke, cancer, dementia and Type 2 diabetes. It is found in most processed foods and sugar-sweetened drink.
Wherever possible, like sugar, avoid added salt. It’s much easier to regulate your salt consumption by doing the adding yourself, if you feel that the food needs it. But keep it to a minimum!
So next time you pick up a product from the supermarket shelf, take a thorough look at the ingredients and ensure none of the above-mentioned nasties are ingredients. And whenever you can, always opt for the real stuff!
Love, LBL X
For more information, please refer to Dr Greene’s website.