Food associations are made at a very young age. When we force kale down our children’s throat, remember, they will never touch it again when they have the choice.
Solution? Help kids make the choice themselves, equip them with knowledge. Kids are very logical and absorb a lot of information through our words, actions and choices!
Important numbers when helping kids to make healthy choices:
- 5-10... Kids form strong food preferences between the ages of 5-10.
- 25... According to the American Heart Association, kids should consume less than 25 grams or 6 tablespoons of “added-sugar” daily to prevent a possible sugar addiction, hyperactivity and low immunity in kids.
- 8... According to the American Heart Association, kids should drink no more than 8 ounces of “added-sugar” beverages weekly to prevent obesity and diabetes in kids.
- #40, #6, #1... Artificial colors Red #40, Yellow #6 and Blue #1, are used in many foods leading to hyperactivity, lack of attention, sleep problems, mood swings among other things in kids. This one goes a long way when they try to pick the rainbow. Help them see what fruits naturally form a rainbow in the shopping cart.
- 5,000... Processed foods could contain an estimated 5,000 different additives. These represent the number of additives allowed to be added to foods, per the Federal Drug Administration(FDA). For kids, these additives cause compromised immune systems, allergies, nausea, diarrhea, etc.
- 50%... More than 50% of our diets in the US is comprised of processed foods. This may be even higher for kids. A kid’s diet comprised mostly of processed foods can lead to obesity, diabetes, compromised immune systems and allergies.