When the 100 calorie snack campaign was created it was originally for parents who were excited to have a guide to healthy alternatives for their children. They no longer had to worry about children eating too much because the industry had now provided them with 100 calorie options to choose from.
What parents weren't told is that calories are not all created equal. When choosing food for our children we need to look beyond the labels and numbers and really look at the ingredients contained within the product. Many of the ingredients are toxic to the body, support weight gain, alter hormones, are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, are damaging to the gut and do not support long term health.
Some of the recommendations for this campaign based on their calories included:
- Malt Loaf Slice
(Contains partially inverted sugar syrup, vegetables oils which are toxic to the human body especially when heated, colourings and preservatives - 100g contains 20g of sugar)
- Low Sugar Fromage Frais (Petit Filous Strawberry)
(Still contains sugars 9g/100g, fructose, flavourings, corn flour and non organic milk that contains antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and herbicides)
- Tinned fruit salad
- Sugar free jelly
(Aspartame which impacts on our neurological development and without having calories tells the body it hasn't received food so it causes you to eat more)
Should we not be focusing instead on food that is natural and fresh, that our body recognises as food and that helps our children thrive, stay focused at school, supports their brain development and cognition, lowers their risk of diabetes and heart disease, helps protect their immune system and gut microbiome and so much more.
Wouldn't you rather give your children:
Healthy homemade energy bars
Frozen yogurt blueberries
Mini flatbread pizzas
Banana sliced and topped with nut/seed butters.
Knowing that regardless of the calorie amount, these foods contain important nutrients that will keep your kids healthy. They need vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein, healthy fats and phytonutrients to thrive so why rely on heavily processed foods, packed with damaging ingredients just because they have been labelled 100 calorie snack options?
If you have children, or you are worried about the snacks you are eating throughout the day and you would love to learn how to make some delicious homemade snacks then please come and join me at my upcoming workshop on March 12th, 2020 from 7-8:30pm at Humble Bumble Cafe, Brize Norton.
Debbie Vanderboom is a Nutritional Advisor, Natural Juice Therapist and foodie who loves using fresh, wholesome food to nourish the body. Educating her clients on the importance of choosing healthy foods on a daily basis is her focus. She provides her clients with recipes, resources and meal plans to help develop healthy eating habits for life.