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Updated: September 25, 2012 10:41 AM | By DINA ROTH PORT
The 14 Worst Kids' Foods: Are They in Your Kitchen?

You know to limit desserts and chips in your kids' diet, but do you know about these other unhealthy kids' foods? Here's what you need to know



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When it comes to what your kids eat, moderation is key if you want them to develop healthy eating habits. But while there's nothing wrong with a slice of birthday cake or ice cream for a special dessert, there are so many common kids' foods that are packed with fat, sodium, sugar and other not-good-for-you ingredients. Here's how to recognize the worst ones - and make healthier choices.

Deli Meats
Not only are hot dogs loaded with fat, sodium and nitrates (which have been linked to cancer), they can also be choking hazards for young children if you don't cut them into small pieces, says Jennifer Shu, M.D., editor of HealthyChildren.org and coauthor of Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor and a Bottle of Ketchup. What's more, a study in the journal Circulation found that processed red meat, such as hot dogs or bologna, can increase the risk for heart disease and diabetes, while a report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund found that eating processed meat (as well as red meat) may increase colon cancer risk. Stick with preservative-free turkey or chicken dogs instead of beef hot dogs. And if you buy deli meats, opt for low-sodium, organic varieties made without added nitrates - or, even better, try to choose fresh turkey or chicken deli meats that are cut from the bone.

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Sep 27, 2012 4:44PM
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The people who wrote this article clearly don't understand that dietary fat does not MAKE you fat.  Carbs do.  Fat is metabolically inert.  A human eating only fat and protein will not get fat.  You have to be eating something that spikes your insulin and fat doesn't.  In fact fat can supress the GI of carbs meaning if you add fat to high GI carbs the GI of the carbs will be reduced.

 

FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT!!!!!

Nov 3, 2012 8:15PM
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HEY!---what's with you rich-minded people? Do you really think LOW INCOME people can afford to run right over to a Deli OR go buy expensive Organic foods whether it be for their children or not? Get Real! In my  lifetime, i've been 'down that road., and NO WAY can 'poor' people go those limits, unless of course the gov't wants to 'help them do it'!!!! Another NO WAY!!!

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