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There are foods capable of attracting children like a magnet. Cookies with beautiful shapes, with the face of the fashionable character or bathed in fantastic colored chocolate. There are impossible pitfalls to get around. What parent doesn't end up buying those fantastic cookies their child dreams of?
Nevertheless, all foods have a label, which we don't even look at. Many times we only look at that endorsement, that stamp that appears on the box: 'Endorsed by the Association of Pediatricians' ... That is enough for us. Or not?
Now, a group of nutritionists demand the withdrawal of these 'misleading endorsements'. The example: some cookies (very good, by the way), in the shape of a dinosaur, which include that guarantee of AEP (Spanish Association of Pediatrics) and that hide, however, very high levels of sugar. The 'Dinosaurius' cookies (from the Artiach brand), presumes to be made with 65% cereals, but what its label tells us is that your child will also eat, along with 100 grams of cookies, 21 grams of sugar (about four teaspoons). If we take into account that a child under 3 years old should not consume more than 17 grams of sugar a day ... What happens with that excess sugar? It will be transformed into fat, and you will be contributing to make your child fatter and fatter in the least healthy way possible.
The question is: Are you one of those who read the labels of the foods you buy for your children?
High levels of sugar, partially hydrogenated fats, 'unhealthy' oils ... Sometimes we buy what 'enters our eyes' and we do not realize that what is really important is what we are going to eat. Do you really know what you give your son? Do you see if some cookies are made with palm or sunflower oil? Do you know how much sugar I should eat per day? And what do you know about partially hydrogenated fats? Do you know what the main culprits of childhood obesity are? Here's what to look for when reading the label for cookies, dairy, or snacks you buy for your child:
- Fats: Avoid partially hydrogenated fats. They are harmful fats that are transformed into 'bad' cholesterol. They are 'trans' fats, which have undergone a chemical modification.
- Oil: Better that it be vegetable oil (the best, olive and sunflower. If it is olive, look for it to put 'extra virgin').
- Sugar: It is recommended that a child under 3 years of age does not consume more than 17 grams of sugar per day. From that age, consumption can rise to 25 grams a day. (5% of the calories consumed per day). Look for them in Carbohydrates. Sugar on some labels is also included as 'glucose', 'dextrose' ... Watch the sugar in cereals, juices and smoothies, because it is usually very high.
- Sodium: Salt is hidden under this name. Babies under 3 years old should not take more than 2 grams of salt a day (0.8 grams of sodium). From 4 to 6 years old, 3 g of salt (1.2 g of sodium), from 7 to 10 years old, 5 g of salt (2 g of sodium), and from 11 years old, 6 g of salt per day (2 , 4 g of sodium).
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