I was at a family event yesterday with some distant relatives that Weston hasn't yet had the chance to meet. We got on the topic of introducing solids and talking about how Weston reaches for straws now (and pretty much all food in general).
One of the moms shared that her son, who is 9 months old, had a fast of a Tim Horton's iced cap and now you have to hide them from him. An Ice Cap!? Like the caffeine, creamery sugary drink from a machine that even adults probably shouldn't over indulge in. I was flummoxed. (for the record, a medium iced cap has a whopping 55 grams of sugar!)
The conversation then went on to "hiding junk food" from children. It has never for a moment occurred to me that we would hide junk food from Weston. Is this a common thing?
I am of the mindset that we should all eat healthfully and junk food really has no place in our home on a regular basis. Treats, absolutely. But I want Weston to grow up understanding why we eat healthy foods and what will provide him the most nourishment to grow.
The marketing of junk foods geared towards children is shocking. Although these stats are from the US, I would assume they are quite similar in Canada. A review of children's diets revealed the following:
- Nearly 40% of children’s diets come from added sugars and unhealthy fats.
- Only 21% of youth age 6-19 eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
- A mere 12% of grains consumed by children are whole
Do you have food policies for your home?
Do you provide treats in moderation?
I would love to hear your ideas because this is something that isn't really talked about.