Children everywhere are exposed to fast food, unhealthy snacks and sodas that can cause bodily harm. Even parents are guilty of indulging in the likes of McDonald’s, Coca Cola and potato chips instead of leading by example.
At the time of writing this article, there is a radio advertisement playing of an older gentleman explaining that his mother always packed a can of coke in his lunchbox, but now he has switched to Pepsi from Coca Cola. Is that any better?
Although some parents are trying to combat obesity, sedentary lifestyles and even diabetes, there is still a vast amount of children who are still consuming chocolate chip cookies over an apple, Gatorade over water and Whoppers over salad.
Here are the five unhealthiest snacks for children:
Packaged Frozen Snacks
It’s hard for kids not to eat Hot Pockets or any other frozen snacks. It’s easy and quick to make; all one has to do is put it in the microwave for two minutes and it’s done. Unfortunately for consumers of the product, it consists of a lot of calories, fat and sodium
Hot Pockets one serving size: 360 calories | 21 grams of fat | 690 mg of sodium | seven grams of sugar
McDonald’s or Wendy’s chicken nuggets are popular treats for kids. It has become the staple of the Happy Meal and even adults can’t seem to get enough of chicken nuggets. However, it is one of the worst snacks for not only children but adults as well because it’s packed with sodium. Also, it can be made from pink slime, which isn’t great for you to begin with.
McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets four pieces: 190 calories | 12 grams of fat | 400 mg of sodium
One day on the bus last summer, there was a teenager, who just finished school. He carried a large slurpee in one hand and different kinds of candy in the other – possibly jolly ranchers. Upon observation, one must surmise that he doesn’t know how to eat and his parents certainly don’t know either.
Any type of candy is a popular snack treat for kids in their lunch boxes or in the kitchen of their home. Even when going to school, there are vending machines of not only soda and chips, but also candy.
Jolly Rancher three pieces: 70 calories | 10 mg of sodium | 11 grams of sodium
Ah, chips; the snack that has accompanied sports fans, party goers and those lounging around the house. Children also love chips because, let’s face it, it’s delicious, but think about how much salt and fat one is consuming.
Nacho Cheesier Flavored Tortilla Chips 11 chips: 140 calories | seven grams of fat | 200mg of sodium | two grams of sodium
There is nothing nutritionally good for anyone in Gatorade or sports drinks. These drinks are filled with nothing but chemicals. This is a famous attachment in the average Western household and is a snack that is packed with a lot of school lunches. It’s also relatively cheap compared to a bottle of orange juice.
Gatorade eight ounces: 50 calories | 110 mg of sodium | 14 grams of sugar