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Limit Children’s Snacks to 100 Calories, Health Body Says

Public health officials in England are studying ways to cut back on children’s snacks, in an effort to get parents and kids to make healthier choices when it comes to food. According to BBC, a new campaign that issues vouchers for malt loaf (a heavy soft bread that often contains fruits like raisins), lower-sugar yogurt and drinks with no added sugar, is encouraging the movement to give kids no more than two snacks a day, totaling 100 calories each. Sugar-free jelly, low-fat cheese and plain rice cakes are some of the featured snacks.

I’m not surprised that part of this new snack plan includes low-sugar and low-fat foods. But when it comes to the amount of carbohydrates the suggested “better” choice foods contain, I can’t help but utter my complete disappointment in the idea that simply cutting calories will do the trick — or that low-fat foods should be part of the choices. I agree: Everyone consumes too much sugar, and everybody would benefit by cutting back or eliminating sugar from their diet.

But that’s as far as it goes. If you want to eat — or snack — in a healthy manner, whether you’re a child or an adult, including processed grains and carbohydrates on the menu is not the way to do it. And, you NEED to eat fats to get and stay healthy. In fact, my food pyramid for optimal health is almost the inverse of the original USDA food pyramid, featuring healthful fats and vegetables on the bottom, followed by high-quality proteins, fruits, and lastly, grains. Some of the healthiest foods of all time include avocado, organic pastured eggs, leafy greens, nuts, sprouts, fermented vegetables, and more.

If you choose these foods, you automatically will consume less than 100 calories, while feeding your body nutrients that you need to thrive. If you want to learn even more about what's in the food you're eating, visit our Food Facts library. By getting to know your food, you can make informed decisions about how to eat healthier and thereby boost your brain function, lower your risk of chronic disease, lose weight, and much more.
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