I love the Mediterranean diet, the flavor of its ingredients and its nutritional benefits for heart health, preventing obesity and strengthening the immune system. But when I go to the hypermarket I find it hard not to be tempted and buy foods that are easy to open, prepare and consume.
On the other hand, I resist and, within the products that are not so healthy or not so natural, but that children love, I buy juices instead of soft drinks because I think they are healthier, cereals for breakfast instead of industrial pastries for make it more varied and "light" products because I understand that they contain less sugar and fat than the rest. And yet, from the Spanish Association of Pediatrics (AEP), they warn me that some of these products are not as healthy as they seem and that they are the "false" friends of the children's diet. Actually... What do juices, cereals and light products hide?
In the case of juices, the AEP considers that they are acceptable, but their excessive consumption favors a diet of low nutritional quality because they are not fruit. The one used for its manufacture is rarely fully squeezed and subjected to heat or concentration treatments, which transform the original composition of the fruit. In addition, packaged juices can provide too many calories, due to an excess of sugars, which is associated with child overweight and the risk of tooth decay, and they do not provide fiber. Its consumption can relegate to other healthier drinks such as water and milk.
Regarding breakfast cereals, recommended for their contribution of slow absorption carbohydrates and fiber, after a comparison made by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) with 10 brands, all were found to exceed recommended sugar levels, reaching 30 percent when the limit is 12.5 percent. The "light" products are not exempt from this screen either. In its composition there are no sugars, instead other sweeteners such as sorbitol are present, which can cause gastrointestinal disorders. Plus, these zero-calorie sweeteners still contain tooth-damaging acids.
A separate chapter would deserve certain sweets that talk about calcium or the vitamins they provide, not to mention the fats, sweeteners and other components that they contain and that are present in milk chocolate bars and other milk-based sweets. Although it is true that they provide calcium, They contain a lot of fat and sugar.
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