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Are Goldfish Crackers Bad for Babies?

Time magazine says that If you are concerned about sodium in your child’s food, then Goldfish crackers are one of their “9 kid foods to avoid”. Parents across the land who buy Goldfish in the washing machine sized economy packets might be dismayed to hear this news!

A 30g serving of Goldfish crackers contains 250 mg of sodium, 75% of the recommended daily maximum for a one-year-old.

Time recommends alternatives to the foods highlighted. Honey Maid graham crackers are recommended as a better alternative to Goldfish. Graham crackers have whole grains, but also high fructose corn syrup and almost as much sodium, 190 mg in the same size serving, so it’s debatable as to whether they are actually all that better. Another alternative is Annie’s Bunny Grahams, made with cane juice instead of high fructose corn syrup, and with slightly less salt, 160 mg.

The Time Magazine article also slams Kid Cuisine ready meals, Campbell’s soups and Kraft Macaroni Cheese for containing large amounts of salt.

Other offenders on Time’s list are Sunny D and Fruit by the Foot for having excessively high sugar contents.

So we all know processed foods are generally less healthy than fresh foods. But fussy toddlers, having to take snacks on the go, making fresh snacks is often time consuming and often more expensive than buying processed food, so just about every mom’s pantry has a packet of Goldfish.

I believe that processed foods like Goldfish are fine in moderation. I’ve got one of those big boxes in my car so my son can snack on a handful when we are out and about. He probably eats about three toddler-handfuls a week, and I think that’s fine.

Are any of your baby or toddler’s favorite foods on the Time magazine list? What processed foods do you like, and which ones do you avoid?

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