The supermarket is teeming with child-geared snack options — to the point where it’s hard to judge which are best for keeping your kids satisfied and healthy. While there are a number of healthy products for sale nowadays, many of the most popular choices are deceptively unhealthy. Packed with empty calories and lacking in nutritional content, these mostly processed foods and drinks are best to avoid whenever possible — especially during the crucial years of child development.
Here are five particularly grievous nutritional offenders among today’s popular children’s snacks.
1. Sugary Cereals
Cereal can be a quick, convenient before-school breakfast. But most of the sweet, colorful cereals are highly processed and robbed of their original nutritional value — if they even had any. According to NBC News, one cup-sized serving of a cereal such as Cap’n Crunch is nutritionally worthless, containing corn flour, sugar, brown sugar, and coconut oil. On top of that, Cap’n Crunch is coated with food colorings yellow 6 and 5, both of which have been linked to irritability in children. Try sticking with whole grains, unsweetened, and puffed cereal varieties to avoid these nasty nutritional pitfalls!