The advent of convenience foods, especially snacks, has made life quicker and easier for many parents. It’s easy to see their prevalence—just visit an athletic field, a swimming pool or any other sporting venue. Day-Glo candy, orange-colored chips and crackers, and candy-coated granola bars litter the sidelines, and masquerade as "healthy" snacks.
From individually packaged snacks to pre-made mini-lunches, convenience foods were created, in part, to speed up preparation and to keep food fresher for long periods. No doubt it is more convenient to pull into a fast food joint between soccer games for lunch rather than trek home to make a sandwich. And it’s easier to rip open a granola bar for a quick snack rather than toil in the kitchen to make a homemade version.
But there's another side to all this convenience, ease and speed.
Can we afford to offer children a diet loaded with convenience foods? Share your thoughts below!
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the National Alliance for Youth Sports.
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