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September is National Childhood Obesity Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month offers an opportunity to learn more about this significant health issue, spread messages to encourage healthy development and stop childhood obesity. As parents and caregivers, we want our little ones to enjoy healthy, and delicious meals. We all know that french fries are one of kids' favorite foods. A Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) done in 2018 determined that among the vegetables toddlers eat -- French fries are the number one vegetable consumed.

Let's take a closer look at why French fries are unhealthy, and also provide a few healthy, delicious alternatives for families below.

Why are french fries unhealthy?

Fried foods are often cooked in processed vegetable or seed oils. When heated, these oils can form trans fats, which are associated with a number of health problems, including an increased risk of several diseases.

Are there healthier alternatives to french fries?

Some healthier alternatives to traditional chips or fries include avocado bites, baked sweet potato fries, baked zucchini fries, and cauliflower tots. Each of these options offers a healthier alternative to traditional french fries, while still providing adequate flavor and enjoyment for your little one.

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