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One-third of all U.S. children are overweight or obese, according to the TeensHealth web page. The main cause is overeating, with little regard to the actual nutrition offered by the food. Changing eating habits is not easily done, but minor changes in the type of food consumed can quickly reduce the amount of calorie intake each day. Eliminating the worst foods is one way to improve kids' nutrition.
Hot dogs are high in fat and sodium and loaded with preservatives such as nitrates. The average dog has 464 calories with 32 percent of the daily fat, 15 percent of the cholesterol and 44 percent of the recommended daily sodium. This is balanced against the positive nutritional facts of 16 grams of protein and 8 percent of the daily dietary fiber. There are better alternatives for protein and fiber.
TeenHealth classifies sodas and energy drinks as "empty" calories that you don't need. The average soda has 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar in each 10-ounce can. Dr. Marjorie Fitch-Hilgenberg, assistant professor of dietetics at the University of Arkansas, states that soda should be treated as a dessert item, not the meal's beverage.
Candy is high in sugar, and sticky candy contributes to tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association.
Doughnuts are in high calories and provide little nutritional value. Breakfast should provide nutrients to supply energy, but sugar pastries do little to provide such nutrients.
Prepackaged Lunch Kits
Registered dietitian Liz Weiss reports that lunch kits are high in fat, saturated fat and sodium and low in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Many of them contain half the daily allowance of saturated fat and all of the sodium necessary for the average adult.
Sugary Breakfast Cereals
Most non-vitamin fortified breakfast cereals have sugar, artificial flavors and coloring and little nutrition. The fiber and vitamins added during the cereal manufacturing can be supplied in better food choices, such as fruit.
Microwavable Prepackaged Dinners
These are convenient, but are high in fat, salt and preservatives. Not only are the dinners inadequate nutrition for growing children, they fail to teach children proper eating habits or how to prepare healthy meals. The average sodium content ranges from 700 to 1,800 milligrams for each dinner, an unhealthy amount for children to consume in one meal.
Juice is high in sugar content, calories and acid that destroys dental enamel. Dr. Fitch-Hilgenberg warns against drinking juices that are not 100 percent juice. Fruits are a healthier option since they also provide the necessary daily fiber and additional vitamins.
French Fries are fatty and soaked in oil. The fat count for this food averages 18 percent of the daily fat requirement and 7 percent of sodium, with only a minimal amount of dietary fiber, protein and calcium.
Pastries have the same bad effect as doughnuts: high sugar and low nutritional content. Also, many of them have preservatives that allow the product to be stored for a year or more.
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