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Myth 2: If The Box Says "Healthy," It Must Be

Pediatric Fitness

Myth 2: If The Box Says "Healthy," It Must Be

There are many misconceptions about proper nutrition and exercise. Nutritionists from the Pediatric Fitness Clinic explore different myths and misconceptions, the truth behind them, and offer suggestions for what you can do instead.

Myth: If the box says "healthy," it must be.

Truth: Many “healthy” foods Have a lot of sugar, salt and fat in them.

Parents, start looking at the nutrition labels on the snack items you are buying. Do you know all the ingredients?Food companies use fun characters, bright colors and strong messages to sell their product. Unfortunately, most foods marketed for kids are highly processed, have a high sugar content and are not healthful options.

Parental Advice

  • Look at the nutrition labels of foods that you commonly buy. Choose grains with less than 8 grams of sugar and more then 3 grams of fiber.
  • When evaluating beverages sugar-free options such as white milk and water are best.
  • Water down juices slowly over time. In all likelihood, it will go unnoticed.
  • Keep fresh fruit, chopped vegetables and lean protein options like light yogurt or string cheese available to make the healthier choice an easy one at snack time.
  • Think ahead when you go grocery shopping and bring a list. Stick to your list to avoid impulse purchases such as chips, cookies and other treats.
  • Invite your child to sit down and eat their healthy snack away from any screens (TV, computer or phone) and enjoy each bite. T
  • each your children to have a big glass of water when they come home from school first. Many children are thirsty and they may confuse their thirst for hunger.