Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Created by: www.OnlineNursingPrograms.com Sugar is so prevalent now, that things touted as healthy still make a large portion of total sugar consumption. This is especially important for parents with small children, and You HAVE TO read the nutrition facts on fruit juices and dairy products marketed to children. Parents generally know that giving kids a hand full of M&M's will turn them into cranky little energy monsters prone to bouts of hate and discontent, but most parents don't realize an organic strawberry milk from a prominent Organic "health food" company like Horizon has 23g of sugar in it! How many M&M's are in a box? One gram of sugar is about the size of an M&M. Fruit juices are the same way. They are marketed to kids for parents, put on the bottom shelves of grocery stores so little hands can grab them and plead their parents to buy them. A whole natural food is stripped of all it's basic parts and refined down to the juice, concentrated, mixed, stabilized, held in a tank, and then mixed with preservatives, non-artificial artificial flavoring, water, and sugar to be packaged into small kid-sized containers to be shoved into a lunchbox next to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a bag of Doritos. If it's a health conscious parent, the kid may get some pre-packaged apple slices with a caramel pack. This is assuming there isn't a soda in there instead! /rant Read your labels folks.