Foods Kids Should Avoid

January 24, 2012 Updated Jan 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM EDT

By WKBW News

January 24, 2012 Updated Jan 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese may be staples in most children's diets, but there are some things parents really should keep off their plate.

Dietitians say processed foods are a good place to start.

According to Kristin Kirkpatrick of the Cleveland Clinic, any kind of pre-packaged snack that's in a can or out of a
package is going to be really high in sodium.

She says research shows that if you can lower your child's sodium now, at a very young age, it may help to ward off hypertension at a later age.

Dietitians say you should also try to limit your child's intake of foods containing food coloring.

They say food dyes have been tied to hyperactivity and have been banned in parts of Europe.

Also, avoid using fast food as a reward and try to limit your
children's exposure to fast food altogether.

Dietitians also say to keep sugary cola out of the reach of your children.

They recommend watering down sweet juices or encouraging kids to drink milk or water.

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