I came across an article on a Mom blog today that concerned me.
It was a sponsored post for a snack item that, although described as “nutritious fuel” for kids, is clearly a treat. (“Chocolate-filled” doesn’t make me think “nutritious”… you?) The dip recipe that accompanied it contained an
entire container of Cool Whip Light. (This, alone, raises red flags for me; its two main ingredients are hydrogenated vegetable oil and high fructose corn syrup.
It also listed a small amount of frozen fruit in the ingredient list, but it seemed almost token.
This product, with the dip, was described as being “a wholesome snack”.
We practice the golden rule of food – everything in moderation, so they’re definitely not deprived.
But they also know the difference between ‘fun food’ and healthy snacks (unsweetened applesauce, fruits, veggies & dip, low-sodium pretzels, etc). I feel it’s important to make that distinction so they don’t grow up with a warped sense of what’s good for them.
Obviously the Mom who wrote the post thinks it’s a nutritious snack… and that scares me. With the steadily rising rates of obesity – especially childhood obesity – I can’t help but wonder if we are doing a good enough job of teaching our children by example.
If we don’t truly understand what healthy food is, how will our children learn?