Occasional Junk Food

Q: “My son’s favorite food is French fries. If I let him have a fast-food french fry once in a while, am I setting him up for life of junk-food eating?”

A: Everything in moderation is an easy rule to live by. French fries once in a while will certainly not cause your child any harm, but a steady diet may create a lasting preference for high-fat and high-salt meals.

Potatoes are full of nutrition and french fries can be nutritious if made with the potato skin on, baked in the oven and without a lot of oil and salt. Sweet potatoes prepared the same way are an even better alternative, as they're more nutritious and have a lower glycemic index (i.e., they contain 'good carbs').

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