Vitamins don’t make Girl Scout cookies healthful

6 Vitamins and Minerals Your Kids Need

Even so, theres something a little jarring about the enriched Girl Scout cookies this year that were advertised as a delicious new way to get your vitamins!” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into this and other snack foods that toss in any healthy-sounding thing they can think of and then market it like crazy so it sounds like a nutritious food. This is the era in which, instead of eating calcium-rich foods, we eat calcium-enriched foods that make sure you know about that in big letters on the label. Or the ones with antioxidants or the omega 3 fatty acids. Particularly if its the only claim to health fame they can make. And its one of several reasons to be suspicious of government attempts to engineer our eating habits through bans, taxes and other restrictions. There are the perennial proposals for soda taxes and the New York ban on selling sodas bigger than a certain size (which was tossed out in court).
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The most important vitamins and minerals that your kids needs are: 1. Calcium “Calcium is the essential building block of bones and teeth,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The more bone your child builds now, the more reserves she’ll have when bone loss begins in later years. Who Needs It and How Much: Ages 1-3: 700 milligrams (mg) of calcium daily.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/protect-health-13/family-vitamins

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