What should I look for when reading food labels?

Christina - posted on 12/03/2008 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have always thought that I offered relatively healthy foods to my son but according to a friend (who is more informed/educated on this) I could do much better. I have done some research but I find that there is way too much for me to retain and some is just confusing. So what should I be looking out for when reading labels? I need to keep it simple, perhaps the 5-8 main things that I should avoid. I have a 5.5 month old and I have a 22 month old. Thanks so much for your help!

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Tanya Bauer - posted on 12/03/2008

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basically I would just follow a healthy diet for them. Of course it is easier for the 22 month old as I am guessing they have enough teeth to chew. Before I had my little girl (22 months, and 1 on the way) I was a PE teacher and hope to be after they go to school. Our little girl eats everything we do. We don't keep chips or soda in the house, or if we do they aren't in her sight. As for labels if you wouldn't want to eat it, then don't feed it to your children. As your little one's ages Fat is not something to stay away from, don't put tons of butter on stuff, or none at all. Sometimes I use more then I would like, but that's just on occasion. I don't really go all out for organic, but that's just my opinion. I wouldn't serve my kids any chef boyardee or anything like that. While everyone needs sodium, they just have too much. You can buy frozen ravioli and use jarred sauce and that is really quick and easy. Just remember the food pyramid you learned in school (they have totally changed it) and go from there. If you have any more specific questions just send me a message and I would be glad to help you with any more questions!

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