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CDC Says Processed Food Is Bad For Kids, Upsetting Parents In Denial Everywhere

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kid-choose-healthy-foodThe results of a government study on toddler snack foods are being released, confirming what pretty much everyone already knows: processed food is shitty for humans. According to Fox News, researchers didn’t release the brand names of the items they studied, but they analyzed labels and package information for over 1,000 kinds of packaged dinners, instant macaroni and cheese, mini rice cakes, crackers, dried fruit, fruit snacks, pastries, and cereal bars marketed to toddlers and found that the majority of them contain either too much salt or too much sugar:

The study notes that almost one in four U.S. children ages 2 to 5 are overweight or obese — and that almost 80 percent of kids ages 1 to 3 exceed the recommended maximum level of daily salt, which is 1,500 milligrams…

We also know that about one in nine children have blood pressure above the normal range for their age, and that sodium, excess sodium, is related to increased blood pressure,” said the CDC’s Mary Cogswell, the study’s lead author. “Blood pressure tracks from when children are young up through adolescence into when they’re adults. Eating foods which are high in sodium can set a child up for high blood pressure and later on for cardiovascular disease.

Are you giving your Goldfish crackers the side eye yet?

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To me, it seems like common sense that processed foods contain high amounts of salt and sugar, but I guess it isn’t if 80 PERCENT of kids ages 1 to 3 are knocking their sodium intake out of the park every day. What the hell, America?

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