Ranch is often offered to children along with cut-up vegetables or baby carrots. Like the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, the ranch dip makes vegetables more palatable to kids who might otherwise shun them. But full-fat ranch is high in fat and calories, and reduced-fat versions are packed with sodium. Is it really such a great idea to induce kids to eat vegetables by loading those carrot sticks with such nutrition-unfriendly glop?
Jennifer LaRue Huget
| March 8, 2011; 7:00 AM ET |
Categories: Childhood obesity, Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, School Nutrition, Sodium
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Offering calorie information on fast-food menus is the law of the land now, with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which requires fast-food and other chain restaurants to display calorie counts for the foods they sell. The idea, of course, is that people are overeating because they're not aware of how many calories are in a Big Mac, and once they are properly informed they'll choose the salad instead. But does it really work that way?
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