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What Foods Do You Give Your Tots That You Will Never Admit to Friends?

The Taboo of Feeding Kids Junk Food

In the '70s and '80s, Spaghetti-Os, Twinkies, cheese in a can, and sugared cereals were tossed into many shopping carts due to convenience. But now, many of the mamas who grew up sipping soda are leading the no-juice campaign.

Women who might have licked cheddar powder off their Cheetos-stained fingers in their youth now choose more nutritious foods for their offspring. When the playground picnic table is piled high with a potluck of sandwiches on whole grain bread, fresh fruit, yogurt, and homemade baked goods, is there a stigma attached to the parent who ponies up a box of Krispy Kremes? A collective eye roll is what one doughnut-bearing mother I know received. I've since heard of moms sneaking their children sips of Sprite in restaurants and nibbles of candy bars behind closed doors to avoid being ostracized.

For the Hollywood celebmamas who don't hide their lil one's junk food indulgences from the paparazzi – think the Jolie-Pitt clan carrying chip bags in New Orleans and the rumor about the Spears-Federline boys drinking Coca-Cola in their bottles – headlines about poor eating accompanied the photos. Does a picture of a child eating from a shiny snack bag really mean that they've never downed a well-balanced meal, or has the movement toward healthy eating gotten a bit ridiculous? What's your opinion?


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