Children’s Food Choices Mostly Unhealthy

Mar 05, 2016 10:37 PM EST | By Rhea Penaflor (


Kids have their own preference when it comes to food.  As parents or guardians, we can only help convince and guide them on what to eat. Some kids prefer sandwiches without crusts, while others only like plain hamburgers. Most of the time, kids are picky eaters and they usually choose the unhealthy food.

The United States Department of Agriculture's dietary guidelines for Americans lays out specific calorie counts and food group amounts for kids based on age, gender and exercise levels. The Dietary Guidelines is designed for nutrition and health professionals to help all individuals ages 2 years and older and their families consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet. The information in the Dietary Guidelines is used by policymakers in developing Federal food, nutrition, and health policies and programs. It also is the basis for Federal nutrition education materials designed for the public and for the nutrition education components of HHS and USDA food programs.

 Here are the Top Food Choices of Your Kids:

Chips, sausages and chocolate are the best loved children's foods of the past 60 years, according to a cross-generational study.

Researchers looked at the eating habits of today's children, those of their parents - and of their grandparents when they were young.

Chocolate, chips and sausages all emerged in the top ten favourite foods of children today - as well as for children of the 1970s and 1950s.

However, whilst classic kids' foods have stood the test of time, the study identified 33 foods which today's children regularly enjoy - that their parents and grandparents had never even heard of.

The new wave of current foods enjoyed by kids include bagels, with 25 percent of today's children having tried them - as well as sushi (23 percent) and pulled pork (22 percent).

Tiger prawns (13 percent), quinoa (12 percent) and "kimchi", a fermented cabbage from Korea (7 percent) also featured in the list of current foods kids have tried which are healthier.

According to United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, husband-wife families with before-tax income of between $45,800-$77,100 spent an estimated $1,880 per year on food for a child between the ages of 6 and 8 years old, while that amount grew to $2,210 for a child between the ages of 9 and 11 years old in the year 2007.

It's high time to shift to eating healthier food.  Grownups should not give in to their children's tantrums.  Make them try healthier food instead.

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