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5 “healthy” kids’ foods that aren’t

By Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., October 12, 2011 - 11:31am

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Rachel asks: What "healthy" foods have you learned to avoid?


Kid-friendly yogurt has been my biggest surprise for being so high in sugar. And my biggest surprise for being healthier than I thought was original Cheerios.

My father-in-law visited a couple months ago and brought Etta a Costco size box of Multi-Grain Cheerios. After checking it out I thanked him and noted we try not to feed her very much sugar. He looked at me and said, "But, I got them because they are "Multi Grain." It's all (not at all) in the branding.

We keep Cheerios to a minimum but when we do feed them to her we always go for the original Cheerios with just 1 grm sugar in a serving.


07/17/2015 - 1:56pm

I love this Caesar Salad with tuna:Average user rating0.0out of 5Ingredients:1 (approx 200g) tuna felilt1tbsp crushed black peppercorns1 tsp sea salt2 stalks (approx 350g) romaine lettuce2 tbsps roasted pine nuts3 tbsps grated Parmesan cheeseSalad Dressing:2 tbsps lime juice1 tbsp, each white vinegar, chopped garlic2 tsps yellow mustard2 anchovies4 tbsps sour cream3 egg yolks3 tbsps olive oil2 tsp sugarMethod:1. Marinate tuna felilt with salt and crushed black peppercorns for 10 minutes. Heat a non-stick pan. Put in 1 tbsp of olive oil. Pan fry the tuna for 1 minute on each side. Let cool the half done tuna felilt. Cut into slices about 1/3 inch thick.Put white vinegar and egg yolks in a bowl and whisk until thickens. Gradually add the oil, stirring with the whisk until mixture is thick and creamy. Stir in lime juice, yellow mustard, sour cream and sugar. Whisk well. Fold in anchovies and garlic.Wash lettuce. Drain and cut into 1.5 inch pieces. Mix lettuce with tuna. Sprinkle pine nuts and grated Parmesan cheese on top. Serve with the salad dressing.


04/11/2013 - 8:08am

"One four-ounce serving of Dannon Danimals low-fat strawberry yogurt has 17 grams of sugar. When you subtract the 8 grams of lactose (the naturally-occurring sugar in yogurt) that leaves 11 grams of added sugar. At four calories per gram, this means your child is eating 44 calories of added sugars, accounting for about 40 percent of the 110 calories in the container."
17 - 8 = 9 (not 11)
4 calories x 9 = 36 (not the 44 mentioned)
36 / 110 = .327 or roughly 33% of the 110 calories, not 40%.
Still not a good percentage, but more accurate.


10/18/2011 - 4:58pm

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