Delicious jelly is not nutritious, children should not eat more. Most children like to eat jelly. Many parents think that jelly is a fruit product, rich in vitamins. It's good for children to eat it. This is a complete misunderstanding.
Jelly is not a fruit product. It is made from thickeners, flavors, coloring agents and sweeteners. The main ingredients are sodium alginate and agar, gelatin, essence and pigment. Children's excessive intake of jelly will affect the body's absorption of fat and protein, interfere with the absorption and utilization of trace elements such as iron and zinc, and lead to abnormal taste and pica. The essence of jelly, which is the aroma of the jelly, is made from alcohol and other compounds which are dissolved in alcohol. The bright coloring of jelly is the result of adding synthetic pigments. The new supersedes the old. The jelly with artificial flavors and artificial colors not only has no nutritional value, but also has a low function of detoxification and excretion of the liver and kidneys. It is easy to accumulate toxic substances in the body, which will prevent the metabolism of the body and affect the development of children.
In recent years, there are many cases of infant asphyxia caused by eating jelly in China.
Why do children like jelly
On a weekend, the reporter saw many young parents leading their children to buy jelly at the jelly counters of two large supermarkets in Jinan. A woman told reporters that jelly has various colors and shapes. It's soft and delicious in the mouth, and children like it very much. Besides, jelly doesn't taste too sweet, so parents buy it for their children when they ask for it. Another woman said that when children watch TV advertisements, they clamor for jelly. According to the supermarket salesmen, many primary school students, boys and girls, and even college students prefer to eat jelly. They are the main consumers of jelly.
The main reason why children and teenagers like to eat jelly is that the jelly is getting better and better now. Most of the jellies have various colors, shapes, tastes and tastes, which attract people's attention. Especially in summer, the weather is very hot, and the frozen jelly tastes cool and refreshing. In addition, jelly advertisements are attractive, and children love jelly because of the guidance of advertisements.
Truth 1: the main ingredients of jelly are water and carrageenan
Some people say that jelly is basically made of water, carrageenan and other food additives, which has no nutritional value to human body, so it is meaningless to eat jelly.
Experts say that the main ingredients of jelly are water and carrageenan. Carrageenan is a kind of dietary fiber, which is beneficial to human intestinal function. However, if you eat too much carrageenan, it will hinder the absorption of minerals and other nutrients. Of course, jelly manufacturers will add a small amount of juice and pulp to the jelly, and some brands of jelly have pulp directly taken from the fruit. Although these juice pulp has certain nutrition, its nutritional content is much lower than that of direct eating fruit. In addition, jelly manufacturers will also add some nutritional enhancers, VC and calcium lactate to improve the nutritional value of jelly. However, in terms of nutrition, the heat provided by jelly is far from meeting the needs of human body.
From the perspective of nutrition, children should drink more milk, eat more fruits, eat a reasonable diet, not partial to food, and eat less jelly. Considering the rich taste, you can eat some jelly, but try not to eat too much. Children's food intake is limited. Eating too much jelly will take up children's food intake, which will make children's body lack sufficient space for nutrition supplement, which is not conducive to children's physical development. At the same time, eating too much or frequently eating jelly will also make children accumulate too much carrageenan and other thickeners, sweeteners, colorants and preservatives, which will harm children's health.
Truth 2: excessive sweeteners are harmful
19 kinds of jelly from 7 brands were tested by China Consumer Association. The results showed that 9 samples used sweeteners, all of which were sodium cyclamate, and 7 samples had sodium cyclamate content exceeding the national standard.
Sweeteners, including sugar, saccharin, sodium cyclamate and other food additives, are not harmful to the human body, but if the manufacturer does not add them according to the national dose, it is easy to cause harm to the body. Professor Zhao reminded people that if the dosage of food additives in jelly exceeds the national standard, it will be harmful to the body. Even if the food additives of jelly itself meet the national standards, if it is consumed too much, it will lead to excessive accumulation of food additives in the body, which will also cause adverse effects on the body.
Truth 3: be careful of suffocation when eating jelly
Now there are many non-standard production enterprises in the market. The addition of jelly raw materials by these manufacturers often does not meet the national regulations, and some microbial and bacterial indicators exceed the standard and the quality is not up to standard. For example, if you find that the color of jelly is too strong when you buy it, it generally belongs to the excessive addition of colorant, so you should be careful to buy and eat it.
Because the self-protection mechanism of children's body is not complete, jelly is easy to enter the trachea or Bronchus when eating jelly, forming organ foreign bodies, leading to asphyxia. Although most of the jelly packages generally have instructions such as' attention: young children and old people should not swallow big mouthfuls to prevent choking 'and' babies should not eat ', the parents and children interviewed said that they did not pay attention to these instructions before eating jelly. Professor Zhao pointed out that at the beginning, there were no such explanatory words on the jelly package. Later, some infants choked to death after eating jelly, and these explanatory words appeared on the jelly package one after another.
Children about 1 year old should not eat jelly, because children in this period have few teeth and can't chew and crush jelly normally. Once they inhale it and block the glottis, they will suffocate and die in a few minutes. Because jelly is gelatinous, it is difficult to dredge even if it needs surgery. Moreover, older children also had better not eat jelly in the way of smoking, it is best to bite or eat with a small spoon. At present, the vast majority of jelly in the packaging does not have this aspect of tips, especially in bulk jelly, more attention should be paid.
After reading the above content, we should have some understanding of the problem that delicious jelly is not nutritious and children should not eat more. More topics about children's health will continue to be introduced in the following article. Welcome to check. Wish you a happy life!