A recent study funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities reported that children and adolescents in the US are consuming more processed food. It is not surprising that the childhood obesity rate has been steadily rising among US youths during the past two (2) decades as a result of excessive calorie consumption, and process food intake (Wang, Steele, Du, et al, 2021).
Everybody has a different opinion of what healthy foods should be. Most nutritionist would agree, food that is low in salt (sodium), sugar (carbs) and high in fiber would meet the criteria of a healthy snack. It is true “you are what you eat” and the continual consumption of process food will determine your health status.
Although we all love the convenience and the taste, these foods are not good for regular consumption. Process foods are high in carbs and sodium to ensure taste and shelf life.
It is your personal choice to maintain health and remain free of disease by the consumption of healthy foods and snacks. It is cheaper and more filling to buy a happy meal than a head of lettuce, a tomato and a cucumber.
Choose wisely and eat well, and remember you are what you eat!!
Wang, Steele, Du, et al (2021). Trends in Consumption of Ultra-processed Foods Among US Youths Aged 2-19 Years, 1999-2018 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2782866?guestAccessKey