7 Totally False Kids’ Food Myths

4 min read
7 Totally False Kids’ Food Myths

Feeding kids can be a tricky business, particularly with so much misinformation and so many mistruths flying around about what is good, bad, right and wrong when it comes to providing nutrition.

With so much information, parents often feel overwhelmed, and many of them have fallen for some totally false food myths about kids, like these right here.

1. Veggies Need To Be Hidden

hidden veggie 690x414 20150330053718.jpg q75dx720y432u1r1ggc | Stay at Home

When you have a picky eater, it’s easy to fall back on the idea of ‘hiding’ vegetables in your child’s food. While this does provide them with extra nutrition, it fails to educate them about the benefits of eating vegetables, something that will be detrimental when they head out into the world on their own. Getting your child to like certain foods is difficult, with some children simply refusing to eat. But if you dedicate yourself to working with them, showing them that vegetables can taste good in various dishes, and not folding to cooking them their own meal, you’ll get there in the end.

2. Soy Is Bad


For some reason in recent years, soy products have copped a hell of a beating in the public eye, particularly in terms of whether they should be given to children. Foods like tofu, soy milk, edamame and other soy-based foods are actually totally ok for kids, in moderation, and in the case of girls, they might actually reduce their breast cancer risk. For those parents worried about the potential GMOs in soy, you can always opt for the organic version.

3. Kids Should Have Fruit Juice


We aren’t really sure when the idea of kids ‘needing’ fruit juice in their diet came about. While fruit juice is a convenient way to get fruit into a child’s diet, the lack of fibre present in the juice means it’s not really that healthy, and in fact, might be quite unhealthy. Always opt for actual whole fruit whenever possible, reserving juices for treats.

4. Only Bland Food For Babies

feedingababy. | Stay at Home

The reasoning behind the ‘bland food only for babies’ idea is that a child’s digestion is sensitive and needs to be carefully monitored. While you shouldn’t be shovelling vindaloo into your child’s mouth, getting them used to a variety of flavours early is key. When babies are young they’re more open to new taste, and exposing them to bolder flavours can help ward off fussy eating later in life. If you’re breastfeeding, eat lots of different foods and expose them to the flavours that way.

5. Only The Outer Aisles Are Good

1459975653504 | Stay at Home

We bet you’ve heard this one before: when shopping at the supermarket, only shop around the perimeter of the aisles. Well, it’s totally wrong! While a lot of the good stuff, like the fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and discounted items are on the perimeter of the store and the outer aisles, there’s also a lot of good food in the middle. We’re talking about frozen veggies, canned beans, low-salt canned veggies and much more! Don’t fall for this one, or your shopping will be seriously lacking!

6. Kids Need Snacks

27. Teeth Friendly and Healthy Snack for Kids | Stay at Home

Admittedly, as a group, many people in developed countries have become serial snackers, so it’s not surprising that people feel that kids should be too. It’s true, kids use a lot of energy (or they should be) so they might need the occasional snack between meals on a busy day. But they definitely don’t need snacks between every single meal, and forcing snacks on them causes bad habits later in life. Kids should be hungry when mealtime tolls around, because it’s teaching them to listen to their body’s own needs. If you’re trying to break a snacking cycle, offer fruit and veg instead, that will prove if they’re hungry or not.

7. Kids Should Clear The Plate

http .au media Images Kitchen 2013 04 24 12 00 Kidplate | Stay at Home

As kids, we’ve all heard this one. Clearing your plate was a sign of respect to the cook, and if you didn’t, you were really just showing how little you cared. After all, children on the other side of the world were starving for what was on your plate.

However in truth, forcing kids to finish what is on their plate only reinforces bad food behaviours, leading to weight gain and bad habits. A much better option is providing healthy foods, and giving your child a chance to choose what they want from these.

Have you fallen for any of these?

7 Totally False Kids' Food Myths | Stay at Home Mum

About Author

Oceana Setaysha

Senior Writer A passionate writer since her early school days, Oceana has graduated from writing nonsense stories to crafting engaging content for...Read Morean online audience. She enjoys the flexibility to write about topics from lifestyle, to travel, to family. Although not currently fulfilling the job of parent, her eight nieces and nephews keep her, and her reluctant partner, practiced and on their toes. Oceana holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Writing and Indonesian, and has used her interest in languages to create a career online. She's also the resident blonde at, where she shares her, slightly dented, wisdom on photography, relationships, travel, and the quirks of a creative lifestyle. Read Less

Ask a Question

Close sidebar