Which snacks are healthier?
If your kid loves snacking only on fruits, lucky you. Most parents, however, have to deal with children who’ve acquired a taste for high-fat,high-sugartreats. You can – and should – ration them. But which are the lesser evils?Rddhi Naidu, a dietician at Parkway East Hospital, does the maths forYoung Parents. Values are calculated based on a 2,000kcal daily intake, which is the maximum number of calories that kids aged 10 years and below should consume.Related: Why you should not feed baby sweet snacks and fruits in the eveningClick on arrows for more.
Potato chips vs French fries
A large pack of chips will bust the daily fat requirement; the 69g of fat it contains is 106per centof what your child should be eating. It also contains 20g of saturated fat, which is the maximum he should have in a day.A typical medium pack of fries from fast food restaurants contains 19g of fat, of which 2.7g is saturated fat. That’s 29per centof Junior’s total daily recommended fat intake and 13per centof his daily limit for saturated fat.And the winner is… french friesIt’s a better choice because it’s lower in fat. Ask for fries without salt and ketchup. Potatoes in chips, on the other hand, have lost their vitamin C. They also have a larger surface area, which absorbs more oil. But both chips and fries have acrylamide,acancercausingsubstance,because they’re fried.Related: Baby snacks: what you should buy
Chocolate cookies vs Chocolate bars
Four chocolate cookies have 92 calories and 9g of fat – 14per centof your kid’s total daily recommended fat intake. A bar withfour squares has 120 calories and 7g of fat. That’s about 10per centof his total fat intake.And the winner is… chocolate barFor slightly more calories, you get more calcium. Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine (a mood elevator) and oleic acid (a monounsaturated fat that can raise good cholesterol levels). If your kid isn’t fussy, try dark chocolate. It has fewer calories, sugar and saturated fat, and higher levels of antioxidants.Related: 5 healthier snacks for children
Boiled sweets vs Gummies
Five boiled (hard) sweets add up to 100 calories, 18g of sugar and 1.6g of fat. Eat five gummies and you’ll consume 44 calories and 6.5g of sugar, but 0g of fat. And the winner is… gummies Simply because they contain fewer calories and sugar – and no fat. Both snacks are made with high fructose corn syrup, which does not shut off ghrelin, a hormone the stomach produces to indicate hunger. So, these candies will never satisfy hunger, and may in fact cause overeating.Related: Recipes: 10 kid-friendly snacks to make(Photos: 123RF.com)