The start of the school year has arrived and for many children this means that meals in the canteen have resumed. For many students, the canteen schedule allows them to eat healthy, balanced meals, and above all surrounded by their classmates. But for other kids, that just means half the day is over and only half is left before they can go home and eat a snack they love. Indeed, depending on what these children are used to eating at home. Once at school, their snack is the only time they can eat what they want. And the conclusion seems rather unanimous. In effect, the children eat 9 kilos of industrial biscuits a year each. Making 90% of snacks meals far from healthy. We tell you everything!
9 kg of biscuits consumed per child in the year
Le Parisien conducted a survey to find out who had found the astonishing figure of 9 kg of biscuits eaten per child per year. And it seems to be the union of biscuit and cake makers in France. However, children are not the only ones to eat industrial biscuits all the time! Indeed, adults would consume more than 8 kg per year each. But envy surely shows itself in a different way. With either childhood nostalgia or a constant craving for sugar. Unfortunately, the majority of industrial cookies have two disadvantages combined. And this, as explained nutritionist Michel Cohen, to the journalists of our colleagues Le Parisien. Industrial biscuits are full of fat and sugar, but the most annoying thing is the little-known ingredients that are used.
As for industry, There are no small savings ! As a result, they sometimes contain fats such as palm oil and fructose-glucose syrup to replace or supplement sugar. It has been shown that there is a relationship between high amounts of sugar and obesity and even diabetes from time to time. As for palm oil, added to the fact that its harvest is bad for nature because of disappearances, consumed in large quantities it can also cause health problems. And all this, without even mentioning additives found in industrial biscuits.
The compositions of industrial foods sometimes questionable
You don’t have to hide your face. It’s no secret that for some families, the situation remains complicated. However, the solution is to try to make better choices. It will therefore be necessary to demonstratea little reading and relying on labels. Thus, it is necessary to know how to identify the ingredients that are bad for your health. And this, such as preservatives, artificial flavors, stabilizers of all kinds, palm oil or glucose fructose syrup. Basically, anything that differs from the traditional cookie recipe (flour, butter, eggs and sugar) remains suspect.
To help you achieve this long and boring task, there is a perfect application called Yuka. Just scan the products you intend to buy, and the application will alert you to all questionable compositions. And this, while judging the quality of your food products. The nutri score can also give you an estimate of the correctness or not of your product on the diet plan.
Solutions to regulate bad snacks
There are multiple alternatives, without having to spend hours preparing meals. You’ve probably heard hundreds of times that good old bread and chocolate is a good alternative. The favorite snack of children born before the 1980s. However, there are many other things. It is enough to replace half of the cookies with fruit, homemade compotes or compotes sold in stores, without added sugar. We also like the idea of prefer savory alternatives around the cheese. A food that can itself accompany dried fruits. If your children taste at home, a simple plain yogurt with a little honey or sugar and a tablespoon of homemade Granola will be more than enough.
The difficulty lies in the fact that it is sometimes difficult to change one’s habits. And this, since the rhythm can become intense. Often we think that we cannot find the time or the necessary energy. The good news is that after a few weeks of change of habits which may seem quite restrictive, things will happen in a more natural way. Your children’s health will thank you.