Many of the food commercials aimed at children were for foods high in fat, sugar, and salt, while low in nutritional value, but which were some of the worst?
Parenting science tells us that “baby food preferences may start in the womb, and babies can also become accustomed to food flavours that they encounter in their milk or formula.”
With this in mind, the contribution of snack food to the calories we eat should not be underestimated. “Between 1977 and 1996, the contribution of snack calories to total calories for American children between two and five years old increased by 30%”, according to an article published in the Chilean medical journal, Revista Medica de Chile.
So, how does this effect me, you ask? Here’s a list of three of the worst junk foods from your childhood.
1. Kraft Mac And Cheese.
An article published in 2013, showed Kraft’s Mac and Cheese take the artificial yellow dye out of their product, in response to a petition that generated over 348,000 signatures. In the UK, they sell the same product with a spice substitute to give a similar colouring. Another online article, stated that Kraft now have food warning labels on their Mac and Cheese. Bet they wouldn’t have batted an eyelid in the 70s though.
According to an online source, the crackers contain, “trans fats in the form of partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, soybean oil, sugar, and sodium nitrate which can raise your risk for heart disease”. The one little cookie that comes with the lunchable has 22 ingredients. Some nasty ones are: high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavour, processed sugar, canola and/or soybean oil, and soy lecithin.
3. Froot Loops.
Another online source shows that Kellogg’s Froot Loops Cereal is made up of 41% sugar, and yet they have apparently somehow managed to convince representatives from the Baylor College of Medicine to back them up.
Now, how’d ya like them apples?