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What food won’t Jamie Oliver let his kids eat?

By Michelle Edelbaum, August 24, 2010 - 11:46am

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Michelle asks: Are there any foods you won’t let your kids eat?


Your son's pops ARE the special ones. and that's the problem. Everyone keeps the focus on the worng ones being the special ones..... :-)
Nice Jamie interview, thanks.


08/11/2013 - 8:33am

I will not serve my children Ramen noodles. Too much sodium, no whole grains, and little nutritional value.
Castle Rock, CO


09/01/2010 - 11:00pm

Thanks for sharing your perspectives. To my fellow "When in Rome" mommy, It's working for us right now too and I'm also hoping for the best...I guess new challenges arise with age, but hopefully food isn't a major one. So many other important things to deal with. -Michelle

Michelle Edelbaum- Eating Well Associate Editor-Interactive

08/30/2010 - 1:13pm

I wouldn't let my kids eat white bread. As they got older, that became what they wanted. Figures. But, now that they are grown, they do eat mostly wheat (don't know if it's always whole wheat) & multigrain breads. My daughter-in-law is a doctor & is partly responsible for getting my son to eat higher fiber bread.


08/30/2010 - 12:14pm

It is a parents' responsibility and choice to be involved with what their children should ingest. What right does any organization, governmental agency, or group/individual to tell you what your child can or
should or should not be eating. I say, "Balogna!" Believe it or not, kids will decide that apples and bananas taste great. Sure, french fries with ketchup are a good treat sometimes. Lighten up on your kids before you make them neurotic. Food should be fun and the more you dwell on it, the more you'll have kids screwed up with eating disorders.


08/29/2010 - 11:54am

I'm not a mom or anything, but I am thinking forward to when I might be, and I am also reflecting back on my childhood. I grew up to be a pretty healthy eater... sure there were some rough years when I was a teen and lived on fast food and soda, but then I grew up. When I think back about what kind of foods my mom did or didn't let me eat, I can't think of anything in particular. I think that it's too easy now-a-days to become obesessed over what we feed our kids or what they are consuming, with all of the new reasearch that is coming out and the heavier focus on food and eating, and I just can't think that is really healthy for children. I don't think it's so much about focusing on what kids can and can't eat, but teaching them to have a healthy relationship with food. My parents never used food or treats as a reward with me, ever. So I didn't learn to associate sweet or forbidden things as a reward, which I think thwarted off any emotional eating habits I could have developed. I just never learned to associate food with behavior or feelings. I could eat whenever I wanted, unlike some of my other friends who were restricted to eating at specific meal times, which killed me when I would be playing over at their house and wanted a snack. I learned to become a grazer and not to have to chow down at meal time in order to sustain myself until the next meal. My parents also ate very slowly with me, so I learned from a small age to be a slow eater, a habit that I have maintained throughout my adult life. In the end I don't overeat and actually really savor and enjoy my food. I can even make an m&m last for two bites :o) Lastly, my mom and grandma taught me to love to cook. From a really young age my mom would set me on the kitchen counter with a bowl of flour and water and egg and let me just mix and play away while she made our actual real dinner. But I learned to love being in the kitchen and to cook and bake. As an adult I can whip up just about anything in the kitchen and therefore end up making dinner at least 5-6 nights a week. A much healthier habit than ordering out every night.

Anyways, that's my two cents, from a non-mother. But these are the lessons that I plan to teach and pass on to my future children.


08/26/2010 - 6:27pm

There are some things I will not let my 18 month old eat, like doritos and other highly processed food. My 10 year old on the other hand has a good education of what helps your body "run" better, i'e' if you feed your body crap, it will soon feel like crap and perform like crap. But it is up to her to make her own decision. She is aware of how here friends eat and the issues they have with their bodies. Most of us are part of a fast moving culture that feeds on how much we can do in a day and the convienece of fast food tends to play a large part. Not that I don't have my own fast food weaknesses but I do my best to incorporate the pleasure of family and food, excellent nutrition and lead by example a life of moderation.. Best wishes...


08/25/2010 - 8:07pm

My daughter is 3 1/2 and we don't keep any junk in the house so she knows that candy etc. are a once and a while kind of thing. But one thing that I am firm about her not trying until she is much older is soda- it's garbage and I think it is awful when I see some parents putting diet coke in their baby/toddler's bottle. For drinks she only gets water, milk and OJ and she is perfectly happy with that since it is all she knows.


08/24/2010 - 9:45pm

hot dogs and white bread, enough said.


08/24/2010 - 1:25pm

My daughter is 2 1/2 years old. We don't allow her to drink Soda EVER, but occasionally give her an Izzy because she likes the fizz. She also doesn't get candy or gum under any circumstance. She's young enough that we don't feel like she knows what she is missing, and not being in day care or around older kids on a regular basis we don't have to contend with her knowing about them yet. Only Mommies/Daddies/Grandmas, etc get gum/soda/candy. May not be the best policy, but she doesn't argue...yet. When we are encountered by an event where they serve things I wouldn't provide at home (like those "cut the top off" popsicles at our Garden Club) I do the "When in Rome" thing too. It isn't on a regular basis (so it won't kill her to have it) and I don't want to give the impression that there is "bad" food...which I think in the end just makes them more appealing to her. Hoping for the best.


08/24/2010 - 1:12pm

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