Processed Foods Can Lower a Child's IQ, Study Finds

Foods low in vitamins and nutrients can actually lower your child's IQ. Credit: Getty Super sweet breakfast cereals, pre-packaged lunches and fast-food dinner runs may be convenient for parents feeding their kids on the go, but a diet h...A diet high in fat, sugar and processed foods can actually lower a child's IQ.

Sports Drinks Aren't as Healthy as You Think

Sporty? Try sugary. Credit: Getty Images
Your kid comes off the soccer field, sweating and tired. He walks over to the vending machine to get a drink, but instead of hitting the soda button, he goes for a sports drink, opting for what he thinks i...

Should You Use Agave Nectar Instead of Sugar?

Agave nectar has received a great deal of press over the last couple years and it seemed so good at the beginning that I couldn't help but be drawn to it. Now that this product has been available for some time, more information has flooded the market...

High-Fructose Corn Syrup: A Cheap, Unhealthy Form of Sugar

Dear Karla, I've been doing some research on high-fructose corn syrup to try to determine if it's too unhealthy and harmful for my family. Being that it originates from corn, is it really as bad as some claim it to be? Should I avoid it with my kids...

Kids' Cereal Advertising Still a Problem

Companies need to revise how they market products to children, according to the report. Credit: ohdearbarb, Flickr
Food companies have agreed to limit the amount of junk food advertising they aim at kids, but that doesn't mean they've stopped. ...

Holiday Baking with Children

The children start their Christmas vacation earlier than usual this year, leading Cabin Fever to think: nothing like a little holiday baking to fill the hours with festive cheer. I have in mind an all-family project. Wouldn't it be merry to prepare h...

General Mills to Lower Sugar in Kids' Cereals

General Mills -- the maker of Lucky Charms, Trix and Cocoa Puffs -- this week said it will further reduce the amount of sugar in its cereals marketed to children. Credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP
Do you cringe when you pour a bowl of Lucky Charms for...

Natural Sweeteners: Safe or Scary?

Sugar is making a comeback, but is that a good thing? Credit: oхέƒx™, Flickr
What is going on with sugar? We're suddenly being inundated with ads for soft drinks and other products touting that they use "real sugar!" Is sugar not so b...

Some Baby Foods are Junk Says Consumer Group

Babies love cookies, but are they a healthy choice?. Image:
Some baby foods might be as fatty as a cheeseburger, a British consumer group recently found, or contain as much sugar as a cookie. The Children's Food Campaign surveyed more than...

Too Much Sugar - How Bad?

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I used to think of our home as a "low sugar" household. Then recently, we had visitors -- dear friends from the other coast who apparently truly do have a low sugar household. I kno...

Kid-Proofing the Christmas Tree

Growing up, I always had a Christmas tree. When I was little, I don't recall considering pulling it over or removing (and eating) the ornaments on it, but those of us with kids know those are the serious risks we take when we engage in one of the m...

Do you trust homemade trick or treats?

Yesterday I found myself watching a cooking show wherein the host was making homemade Halloween treats for impending trick or treaters. She was making some sort of popcorn ball treats, and they looked both tasty and creative. Making treats can also ...

Halloween safety tips

Perhaps it's just a sign of the times, but even when I was kid it seems Halloween was as synonymous with safety as it was with candy. In fact, most parents I know spend as much time on safety concerns as their kids do picking out costumes. The days ...

Halloween doesn't have to mean candy

Sure, we have a problem with childhood obesity in this country but, come on, what country doesn't? What's it going to hurt to let kids pig out one night a year? I mean, Halloween only comes once a year, just like Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, t...

Some cereals are more than HALF sugar!

I doubt any parent thinks of a product called "Sugar Smacks" as nutritious. We reserve that kind of labeling for cereals that have no taste or taste like compacted sawdust. Still, would it surprise you to find out that many cereals, especially tho...


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