When we browse the snack sections and frozen food sections, most of us would like to think the products being marketed towards our babies would be healthy or at the very least safe. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
While your child can’t eat perfectly all of the time, it’s important for us, as their parents, to make sure we aren’t constantly loading them full of dangerous junk, in lew of nutritious ingredients they need. When picking foods for yourself, and your kids especially, be careful of what you choose. Many of these ingredients have been linked to mental problems, physical health issues, and just aren’t good for their growing bodies.
1. Kraft Dinner
Most kids I know to love Kraft dinner, and because it’s so convenient, many parents reach for it for its ease. However, doing so can be detrimental to your child’s health, as the Kraft macaroni and cheese contains artificial dyes, like Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, both of which are made with petroleum. In the EU, they label products containing yellow 5 and yellow 6 with a warning that says, “May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.”
In recent times, Cheetos have become increasingly popular, with TikTok videos and YouTube videos showing various ways to use Cheetos to add flavor to ramen and even pizza. But, honestly, Cheetos are not good for you. They also contain Yellow 6, which comes from petroleum.
3. Fruit Snacks
While most parents wouldn’t think of Cheetos or Kraft dinner as healthy, many people consider fruit snacks to be a healthier snack alternative. But, don’t let these companies lie to you. Most fruit snacks contain Red 3, which not only contains petroleum, but has been linked to cancer, and is a known carcinogen.
Pringles, which is a very addictive and tasty snack, is also full of dangerous petroleum-based colorings added to the hot variations, and even the pizza variations. Red 40, the ingredient contained in many flavor variations of pringles has also been linked to attention issues in children, and much evidence supports that it is a carcinogen.
5. Sandwich Crackers
It’s no surprise that sandwich crackers are a major go-to for parents with little ones. But, we are wary of them, as many contain TBHQ, which is a controversial ingredient for good reason. While its use is to preserve the snacks for long periods, various studies have linked it to cancer and even vision disturbance. According to the Centers for Science in the Public Interest, this additive increases the incidence of tumors in rats.
M&Ms may melt in your mouth and not in your hands, but those melting colors are dangerous. Containing Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Red 40, which are all derived from petroleum, these snacks could increase your risk for cancer, since the colors have been referred to as possible carcinogens. Furthermore, they cause hyperactivity in children.
If you believe Pop-Tarts are a part of a healthy breakfast, I hate to break it to you, but you’ve been lied to. Not only do they contain artificial dyes like Red 40, but they also contain Synthetic B6, which is created from formaldehyde and petroleum ester.