The 10 most dangerous foods for children that you think are healthy

A few decades ago, consumers could not even dream of such a variety of products as now. The abundance of products, household chemicals, clothes, and toys would confuse anyone. 

Many adults do not pay attention to the usefulness and composition of products, they eat what they want (or what they can afford). This rule does not work for children. Parents want the best for their child, so they are very attentive to the purchase of products for the child. 

But most often they are guided not by the composition of the product, and on the advice of friends or happy children from advertising. People buy juices, cheese, chocolate, naively believing that all this will bring invaluable benefits to the child’s body. If you have a young child, read our article. 

Below are the 10 most dangerous foods for children that you think are healthy. Perhaps you will change your attitude toward certain foods and rethink your child’s diet. 

10. Dry breakfast  

There it is, the ubiquitous advertising. Happy girls and boys eat only “stars” and “balls” for breakfast. Parents are also happy: now there is no need to cook, the child will get all the necessary substances from the breakfast cereal. 

We have to disappoint you: there is nothing useful in them. Dry breakfast cereals are made from wheat grains, oats and corn, the shell is removed, leaving only digestible carbohydrates.After a few hours, the child will be hungry again.  

Breakfast cereals contain a lot of salt and sugar. They contain enough dyes and harmful additives. In addition, breakfast cereals are not cheap. If you want to feed your child a healthy breakfast, don’t reinvent the wheel, make porridge. Fruit can be used for both looks and flavor.  

9. Grapes  

You cannot say that grapes bring only harm. There are many useful substances in the berry, but only children should be given it with caution. It is caloric, hard to digest, and in some cases causes gas and thinning of the stool, harmful to tooth enamel, can cause allergic reactions. 

Grapes can be easily choked, you cannot give it to a child who has not learned to chew food thoroughly. Pediatricians recommend that grapes should be given no earlier than 2 years of age. It is not necessary to observe this restriction, but you need to act wisely. 

If you want to please your baby, add grapes to compotes and casseroles. After heat treatment, grapes lose the properties that provoke fermentation. 

8. Honey  

Many parents, believe that it is impossible to give sugar to the child, but a spoonful of honey definitely will not hurt. “This is a natural product,” they think. Doctors’ opinion – not before 2 years of age. 

Honey, of course, has many useful properties, but it can cause a strong allergic reaction. This isn’t the worst possible scenario.  Honey contains bacteria that do not linger in the body of an adult. It has developed defenses that a child does not have. 

The bacteria can provoke a serious illness – botulism. Nervous system damage, muscle paralysis occurs. If you do not want to risk it, do not give a small child honey. 

7. Yogurt  

It’s no longer a secret that advertised yogurts do not really have any benefits. They are stored for a long time, they contain a lot of sugar, artificial additives and dyes. 

So now to give up yogurts altogether? Of course not, just treat their choice more carefully.To begin, keep an eye on the expiration date. 

It should not last more than two weeks. The shorter the shelf life, the healthier the yogurt. 

Choose yogurts which do not contain preservatives, dyes or sugar. If your child refuses to eat natural yogurt, add fresh fruit to it. 

6. Mann’s porridge  

Contrary to the prevailing opinion that any porridge is healthy, this is not quite true. The millet porridge that used to be fed to newborns is not very healthy. After processing, the cereal does not contain any useful substances, only carbohydrates. 

Manna porridge is very caloric. So do not listen to your mother and grandmother, who say that “more than one generation grew up on semolina”. So it is, but do not forget that in those days, parents often had no alternative. 

Either leave the child hungry or feed him semolina. If the child is very young, offer him a quality adapted formula. If the child is older, make any other kind of porridge for breakfast. 

5. Juice  

It is not easy to refuse your child to buy another box of juice. When buying it, remember that juice contains a lot of sugar. If a child drinks the drink too often, the load on the pancreas increases. 

In addition, juices are full of preservatives, dyes, and other harmful substances. No vitamins are involved. If your child is used to juice, giving it up will be very difficult. 
In that case, you can prepare freshly squeezed juice and be sure to dilute it with water. Just don’t forget that you shouldn’t get too carried away with juices, even freshly squeezed ones. 

4. Glazed cheesecakes  

Most parents perceive glazed cottage cheese as a delicious and healthy snack. In fact, there is a huge amount of sugar, cheap fats, dyes, emulsifiers, and other additives. In addition, because of the “chemistry” it is difficult to assess the quality of the cottage cheese, from which the curds are made. 

Often there is no quality to speak of. The famous program “Control buy” analyzed the contents of some brands of glazed curd cheeses. In most cases, the amount of preservatives in the products was several times higher than the amount indicated on the package. 

If your child is crazy about frosted cheesecakes, you can make them yourself. There are plenty of recipes on the Internet, and you no longer have to worry about the usefulness of the product. 

3. Cow’s milk  

Cow’s milk is very useful. The content of proteins and nutrients in it is 3 times higher than in women’s breast milk.This may appear to be a great plus at first sight, yet there is nothing positive here.  

The excess protein and nutrients lead to a heavy load on the kidneys. The baby does not have the enzymes to help him digest cow’s milk. It includes casein, which can trigger an allergic reaction or even intestinal hemorrhage in some people.  It is not worth sacrificing your child’s health. You can try cow’s milk for the first time at age 2. 

2. nuts  

This is a highly useful and tasty product that should be offered to children with caution. Pediatricians recommend including them in a child’s diet after 3 years of age, and even later for children with allergic reactions. 

Allergies are the most common reason for which acquaintance with nuts should be postponed. In principle, there is nothing wrong with nuts, but the product must be of high quality. 

You need to keep a close eye on your child, so he does not choke. Nuts are very caloric, so the daily dose should not exceed the recommended. However, do not rush to treat your child with nuts, this food is very difficult to digest. 

1. Mushrooms  

Mushrooms have great nutritional value and are rich in B vitamins, but they should not be given to children under 6 years of age. Every doctor has a different opinion on when mushrooms can be given for the first time (not before the age of 6 or 7). 

They have too much fiber, it makes absorption of nutrients difficult. Another reason not to give mushrooms to young children is toxicity. 

They absorb toxins from the environment. If an adult’s body does not react to them, a child’s body is very sensitive to harmful substances. Do not rush to give your child mushrooms, he will still have time to try everything.