I got an interesting note from a good friend this morning. They’ve recently moved to the country, themselves, and like us have been eating in a more “crunchy” manner. Their children don’t have the allergy problems that ours do, but they’ve noticed that their kids have been much healthier on a more natural diet. What they apparently hadn’t realized is just how unusual (even radical) people like us can appear in the eyes of other parents.

He writes:

On a separate topic, we’re watching a friend’s child for the next few days. The mother asked if we could feed her more child-friendly food. We weren’t quite sure what she meant, as we had watched the daughter before and fed her what our kids ate. So we asked the mom, and she said nevermind; she would just send some food along. So, when the daughter was dropped off at our house, we saw what her mom brought. She packed 2 1-gallon bags of Fruit Loops and 2 boxes of macaroni and cheese. Oh, now we understand.

While we probably don’t eat as healthily as your family does, we were somewhat pleased that we probably do eat reasonably healthy foods, or at least avoid the truly over-processed foods most of the time. At the same time, we also felt a little disturbed that our friends lived on fruit loops. Probably ranks up there with Twinkies on the processed food spectrum.

I can only really add one thing to this: sometimes it’s heartening to get a good reminder that, even though our approach to nutrition may not be perfect, we sure have come a long way and are at least getting the big “child-friendly” picture a lot more right than we did before.

4 thoughts on “Child-Friendly?

  1. I do admit a personal preference for boxed cereals, but certainly “eating what your hosts eat” is almost always a good idea (when you're not allergic, that is). I can survive a few weeks without my Cocoa Krispies …


  2. Child friendly can equate with adult lazy.

    Kids basically get used to eating what is put in front of them. They don't like to divert from that, except when it's served by somebody they really admire, then you will not hear the end of it.

    So, having been fed a steady diet of the pre packaged, that's what those kids were used to. It wasn't kid friendly, it's adult low effort.

    The surprising thing here is that those parents didn't recognize that. They may be a second or third generation low effort family, and don't know any better.


  3. For what it's worth, my wife says sugar sweetened cereal like Frosted Flakes and “non-sweetened” cereal like Corn Flakes have the same amount of sugar. She says the sugar sweetened variety just concentrates it on the surface so it looks and tastes sweeter.


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