A MUM-OF-TWO was criticised for giving her children processed foods but she explained that she has a great reason for it.
Mum Laura showed how she stocked a mini-fridge for her children aged three and one and a half, and she received backlash from viewers.
Mum Laura received criticism for giving her kids processed foodCredit: TikTok/@lauralove5514
But thousands of commenters agreed with her reasoning for itCredit: TikTok/@lauralove5514
The fridge contained juice and pre-packaged snack pots, as well as fruit, cheese, and yoghurt.
“So essentially a mini fridge full of sugar”, said one critical commenter, while another wrote: “That’s a lot of processed foods.”
Responding to the criticism, Laura explained exactly why she allows her children to have access to processed foods.
She said: “It’s extremely important for me that I create a healthy relationship with food for my kids.
“When you don’t label food as good food or bad food, children have a much healthier relationship with food.”
The mum believes children are able to decide for themselves when they should eat healthy snacks or sweet treats.
She explained: “Children are very capable of eating intuitively and eating healthy if you give them the chance to do so.
“This gives them a chance to listen to their bodies and make choices for themselves.”
Laura also emphasised that her children often crave fruits and veggies more than junk food.
“My children will pick fruit or vegetables over junk food and then some days they have more of a sweet tooth and they just want a treat”, she said.
She believes that giving children these options when they’re young will encourage a healthy relationship with food and prevent them from eating too much junk when they grow up.
She said: “If you limit junk food and don’t allow them to have it or only allow them to have it when they earn it, it creates a very negative relationship with food.
“Children who are raised with junk food being highly restricted end up over-indulging in junk food when they’re an adult and they have the opportunity to eat it whenever they want.”
Although she believes children should be able to choose to eat processed foods if they want to, Laura stressed that it’s not a free for all.
She said: “Of course there are limits and rules – my kids don’t just eat chocolate all day long.
“Often, though, I don’t need to step in because they are very capable of making healthy choices if you just give them a chance.”
The video racked up over 100,000 likes and commenters loved Laura’s reasoning.
“YESSS to teaching intuitive eating to kids! People don’t talk about the disordered eating we learn in childhood enough”, said one viewer.
Another wrote: “Agreed!! My mother locked the junk food cabinet and as an adult I have an unhealthy relationship with food and it’s hard.”
A third simply wrote: “What you are doing for your boys is so awesome!”
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