Years ago, parents didn't realize that transfats, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors and additives for flavor and preservation were probably not the best choices for our growing kids. Now we do.
Unfortunately, these unhealthy additives are very common in many of the "traditional" toddler foods, such as graham crackers, animal crackers, toddler biscuits, flavored yogurts, colored cheeses and peanut butter, that pantry staple.
Here are some of the top additives for fathers to avoid:
- Trans fats: These will be listed as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
- MSG: This flavor enhancer is a common source of food sensitivities. Look for it to be listed as monosodium glutamate or hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- The preservatives BHA and BHT
- Artificial sweeteners, which are actually less healthy than regular sugar
- Artificial colors