What’s That Doughnut Doing To Your Kid?

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  • Nutrition
  • Diet and Healthy Food
  • Jillian Lai Mei Siew

Cookies, doughnuts, pastries, cakes…they are every child’s dream and every parent’s nightmare.

Packed in attractive wrappers, with bright photographs that attract young minds, these foodstuffs are really bad for your kids.

Look what they contain: Sugar, white refined flour, and trans fatty acids. Processed foods often lack nutrients such as antioxidants and fibre.

These foods are high in calories and low in nutrients, have no positive effect on health, and contain at least one of these treacherous ingredients:

Sugar – High-fructose corn syrup and its cousins are hidden almost everywhere and is harmful to your health in multiple ways.

Sugar, in its many forms, is known to increase the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and liver problems.

Says a 1995 study in the ‘Journal of Pediatrics’, there is a more pronounced response to a glucose load in children than in adults.

Refined grains – These are handled in the same way as sugar in the body. They increase the risk for type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases as well as obesity.

Eating white refined grains leads to a spike in blood sugar levels. These refined grains also lack fibre and key nutrients that are naturally present in whole grain alternatives.

Trans fatty acids – Manufactured (unnatural) fatty acids, over the years, will increase your child’s risk of clogged arteries, eventually leading to heart diseases.

They exist in packaged cookies, doughnuts, frozen ready meals and fried fast foods.

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