It’s quite tempting to give toddlers their first taste of fast food just to see how they would react to it. Fast foods (foods served in fast food stores) are quite easy to love because of their heavy carbohydrates and fat content—they’re designed to sell fast, after all. And the more carbohydrates and fatty foods have, the more appealing their tastes, but the unhealthier they are as well.
What are such fast foods? Here are examples:
- Soft drinks or sodas
- Ice cream
- Pastas and noodles
- Cakes and pastries
The food items above are heavy with sugar, carbohydrates or cholesterol or fat. Moreover, they are also heavily spiced. Health experts note that they contribute greatly to today’s toddler obesity, and worse, early diabetes and kidney problems. Besides, they are hard to digest, giving your toddler’s digestive system a hard time to process them, and thus stay longer in their bodies. Their young bodies may start accumulating more fat and unfortunately start the onset of diseases, too.
Programming Toddlers’ Taste Buds
Giving your toddler their first taste of these junk foods is like programming their taste buds not just to adapt, but to love and prefer them over healthy food options. Some observers note that kids are harder to feed with vegetables once fast foods enter the scene. When you expose them early to junk food, chances are, they’d get more hooked to it as they grow.
However, most kids trained to eat real food (fruits, vegetables and home-cooked food) tend to prefer mom’s cooking more than junk foods. Most kids trained to eat only vegetables, fruits, and fish don’t develop a craving for meat and pork, especially processed ones like hot dogs and sausages. [INPOSTLB]
Grilled Food Is A Health-risk
Fast foods are also known for their spicy grilled meats (meats subjected directly to the fire) like grilled burgers, pork, chicken and hot dogs. Kids as young as 2 to 4 years old who are exposed to such meals usually develop a taste for them early in life, when their immune systems are not strong enough to fight the carcinogens present in grilled foods. Kids’ immune systems are said to complete development only at age 11 to 14 years.
Carcinogenic foods expose kids to deadly diseases like cancers, inflammation, and tumor growths. The radical cells produced by the deadly chemical reactions in their bodies accumulate and can eventually overcome healthy cells and damage organs.
The best thing that you can do in this age of fastfood restaurants and obesity is to teach your kids how to eat right and eat well. Give them the healthiest meals that you can prepare at home and steer clear of fast foods.