Pass the fries

I eat a lot of junk.

I’ve always had a sweet tooth, but since I had my daughter, the amount of fatty, processed food that goes in my mouth every day has skyrocketed.

It’s too bad, though, because I want my daughter to eat healthier than I do, and you’d think some of that would rub off one me, too. But the daily reality is that McDonald’s is convenient and cheap, rubbery fruit snacks fit easily into a purse, and a cookie is about the most effective bribe you can find to persuade a 3-year-old to finish her broccoli.

I’m not proud of this by any means, but it’s true. My husband has asked me several times to reduce the amount of sugar and junk my daughter eats. She is underweight, so I’m not so much worried about her becoming an obesity statistic, but I am worried that she’s not getting the good food she needs to grow. I also feel bad that my eating habits are shaping hers.

I was surprised to see just how bad some of these kiddie foods are in a recent article comparing the worst kids’ foods in America. The list looks at the top offenders in terms of calories and sugar by each food category, and then gives a healthier alternative.

You’d be surprised at some of the stuff that made the list. I know I was. The list says a 16-ounce SunnyD Smooth Style orange juice, for example, has a whopping 260 calories and only 5 percent actual fruit juice. “Do you really want your child slurping down the sugar equivalent of a dozen Chips Ahoy cookies?” the article adds.

Check out the list and let me know what you think. Do you find that your own eating habits have taken a downturn since your children were born, or are you more aware of what the whole family is eating? Any tips on how to eat better with kids?

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