Expert Shares Common Myths About 'Healthy' Eating That Parents Believe

Family & Kids

October 19, 2017 18:51 By Mambee

Our kids depend on us for a lot of things and one of them is teaching them how to eat healthily. Childhood obesity has become a problem in our society and one of the reasons it's so prevalent is because some parents are believing in some food myths that are doing more harm than good.

Dr Dyan Hes, a Director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and a childhood obesity specialist explained some mistakes parents make when it comes to healthy eating.

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Fruit Juice Is Basically Fruit

Many parents believe that fruit juice is healthy simply because fruits are. Dr Hes explained that fruit juice actually has a lot of sugar and calories that will very likely lead to weight gain. At the end of the day, the smarter bet is to give your kids actual fruits since those contain fibre which is good for the body and not a lot of dangerous sugar.

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Cereal for breakfast is harmless

This is also a very common belief. In most homes, children enjoy a bowl of cereal every morning before heading off to school. According to Dr Hes, this is not a good idea. While most cereals love to boast of being great sources of vitamins, there is also a lot of sugar in some of them. The high amount of glucose can lead to an increase in blood sugar. The doctor explained that parents should look out for sugary ingredients when choosing a cereal, or better still, opt for healthier breakfast options like fruit, eggs, and oatmeal.

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Whole wheat bread is healthy

Hes explained that white bread and whole wheat bread are more similar than most people think. There is a high level of glucose in the both of them which is never a good thing. When making a choice, ensure you go for those that explicitly states that it contains 100 percent whole grains.

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Frozen yoghourt is a healthy dessert

Granted, frozen yoghourt is actually healthier than most ice creams, but it is not the healthiest when it comes to desserts in general. Even though it's low fat, it still has a lot of calories. In addition, since most kids prefer toppings on their yoghourt, this can make the dessert almost as fattening as ice cream. Hes advised going for plain low-fat yoghourt and using fruits to sweeten it up. Also, you can decrease the portion to reduce the buildup of calories.

From the above, it's clear that a lack of correct information is what usually lead parents to make wrong choices. Hopefully, the more we learn about the content of the food we offer our kids, the more capable we are of choosing healthier options.

Source: Parenting